Pineapple Support Welcomes Five New Board Members

Pineapple Support, the industry’s leading mental health non-profit, is welcoming five new members to its board. This expansion highlights the significant growth the organisation has undergone in the past year. Pineapple Support is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States and a registered charity in the U.K.

The new board members are Legal Affairs Chair Corey Silverstein, Fundraising Chair Emma Rainville, Marketing and Website Chair Brad Mitchell, Social Justice Community Chair Tim Valenti and Treasurer Alison Boden. They join President Leya Tanit and existing members Lane Farin (Vice President and Secretary) Dr. Jena Field (Client Support Chair) on the board.

“Our little seedling is turning into a tree,” says Tanit. “In the past four months, the amount we are investing into therapy has grown by nearly 600%. As we’re growing at such a rate, it’s important to have a strong team, our new board members are all exceptional members of our community, who can bring their knowledge and experience to the table. I am grateful and honored to be working alongside them.”

Boden, CEO of BDSM powerhouse Kink.com says she’s honored to join the team.

“Pineapple Support Society is playing a critical role in supporting performers, who truly are the lifeblood of our industry,” “I look forward to working with the organization’s incredible team and my fellow directors.”

Brad Mitchell, Marketing and Website Chair, says the work is personal.

“Having experienced depression myself and lost many friends to suicide, mental health issues are near and dear to my heart. Pineapple Support’s mission is important and I am thrilled to lend my support in every way possible.”

NakedSword founder Tim Valenti is eager to join as Social Justice Community Chair.

“The progress that Pineapple has made in a relatively short amount of time to address mental health issues in the adult industry is both impressive and inspiring. I am thrilled and honored to join Leya and her team to provide expansion and outreach to include LGBTQ models, sex workers, and adult professionals — some of the most marginalized and at-risk members of our industry.”

Activist and Fundraising Chair Emma Rainville agrees.

“Whenever I’m voting on a matter that will affect the people our organization has set out to help, I think of two things. First, what points have been brought to the table by the people who are here? And second, what hasn’t been brought to the table by the people we have set out to serve, but are not present? The voices that are not represented when we are making decisions, those should be the loudest in our ears as we vote.”

Corey Silverstein, Legal Affairs Community Chair is eager to lend his expertise to the cause.

“It’s an honor to get to participate with this organization. Leya and her team have already done so much to help the industry as a whole and I can’t wait to see how far this organization can go.”

Pineapple Support was founded by Leya Tanit in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organisation has connected over four hundred adult performers to mental health services so far, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

Pineapple Support continues to receive support from sponsors and partners, allowing 62 therapists and 226 volunteers to have helped over 480 performers since it was founded. The organisation will host the adult industry’s first ever mental health summit, The 2019 Pineapple Summit, for October 30-31. Registrations are now open online for the first Pineapple Summit, which is entirely online and free for all adult performers. Register by visiting www.pineapplesummit.org.

Protect Your Pineapples – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Whatever size fruit you have in your basket – Remember to perform a self-exam once a month.

October is breast cancer awareness month, that doesn’t just mean turning half your wardrobe pink, changing your company logo (oh the irony) and proudly pinning a pink ribbon to every outfit.

Breast cancer awareness is about remembering to give yourself a self-exam once a month, it means supporting women affected by it and it means being grateful for your own health.

Each year 1.4 million women are diagnosed with breast cancer, that includes 1 in every 8 women in the USA. But early detection can make a huge difference to beating breast cancer and we think that’s something worth raising awareness about!

So whether your mammaries are like melons or your chesticles are more like cherries we would like to help you get to know your breasts and detect if there is a possible problem.

 

 

To show your support and raise awareness we would like to ask you to join our competition. After your self-exam, take a photograph of yourself , covering your credentials with your choice of fruit and post in on social media. Remembering to tag @PineappleYSW #ProtectYourPineapples and link back to this blog to ensure as many women as possible join us and protect their pineapples. Three winners will be chosen at random to win some super cool Pineapple Support swag.

Breast cancer is not always detectable by a lump or hard mass, sometimes the symptoms are visual.

Some changes in your breasts are perfectly normal, but if you are worried, it is always best to visit your doctor.

What is it that you are feeling for?

When feeling for a lump, check from your armpit, to your collarbone, down to the bottom of your rib cage. A cancerous lump feels different from a normal breast lump, it often feels hard and immovable and can be any shape or size.

Getting to know your breasts is really important and the best time to give yourself a self-exam is just after your period when things are most normal.

Remember, when breast cancer is found early, survival rates are incredibly high.

Be proactive in caring for our health, self-exam once a month, eat well, exercise regularly and help raise awareness #ProtectYourPineapples

Bea’s Story

I’m known across the Internet as Bea Dux or HoneyBea depending on where you look. I’m originally from Lancashire but now live and mostly work in London. I began working in the sex industry as a retail worker for Ann Summers, then began modelling and have since done cam work, worked for websites such as MyFansPage and SuicideGirls and now also work a lot as a photographer/videographer for other sex workers.

I began to get involved in Sex Work activism after the FOSTA/SESTA bills went through in America. Seeing the ignorance (wilful or otherwise) surrounding the subject of sex workers and sw safety made me want to DO something. I uploaded few (admittedly shoddy) videos to youtube hoping to educate, I began openly and regularly using my social platforms (@itsBeaDux) to speak on the issues and decided to create some form of clothing that people could wear to show their support to sex work and the workers within the industry.

Originally TheSafewordProject was an idea I had a few years ago. It was going to be a website filled with information, recourses and contacts to help sex workers, I got a quote from a few web developers and started saving up. Not long afterwards, I found you guys! Pineapple Support was doing pretty much everything I wanted to do, from providing mental health support as well as tons of other recourses for workers. I figured, rather than having several separate sites, we stand a better chance of helping as many people as possible if we all work together. It made far much more sense to send you all the support I possibly could.

So, the store ’TheSafewordProject.com’ is currently owned and run by myself, and the packaging and posting is currently done by me and my lovely mum (I travel a lot with work and she offered to be a stable base for all of the stock. Bless her). ALL money made from the store is put right back into it, as well as having stickers printed (that you can usually spot around London/Birmingham/Manchester) and business cards with the message ‘Someone you know is a sex worker’ on them, left at a ton of small shops, bars and cafes etc. Together, me and my mum have managed to send out LOADS of orders and it’s been wonderful!

Recently, a protest organised by my dear friend Rebecca Crow happened outside instagram offices in London (which went brilliantly!) and it seemed wanted to wear their own Safeword merch! Because of that boost in sales, a lot of money has gone right back into making more clothing and stocking up on original designs; so if anyone fancies treating themselves, and supporting Pineapple Support in the process, get yourself something from the store!

The money Safeword has accumulated is slowly ticking over and I thought I’d send over a donation to Pineapple now as I couldn’t wait anymore! Hopefully there will be a lot more to come in the future.

Thank you for all the work you do. Proud to support.

Bea Dux
@itsBeaDux

Pineapple Support to Host Therapy Sessions at XBIZ Berlin

Pineapple Support will offer walk-in and by-appointment therapy sessions throughout XBIZ Berlin 2019, besides hosting a roundtable workshop on Wednesday, September 11.

Pineapple Support therapist, Michele Karban, and other members of the Pineapple Support team will be on hand during the day to discuss tools and practices with which performers can protect themselves, and how to get free mental health support.

“I’m thrilled to be attending XBIZ Berlin as part of the Pineapple Support team,” shared Karban. “Having been involved with Pineapple Support from the very beginning, I’m now looking forward to offering a drop-in therapy space at [the conference]. My hope is any performer who is needing a confidential area to talk will access this space or see it as a first step for anyone who is considering therapy for the first time for themselves, and would like to find out more.”

The roundtable workshop, “Putting Performers First,” will be held at the Konferenz I space in the XBIZ Conference Center at 11 a.m. local time, and will address mental health stigma within the adult industry and how performers and producers alike can help combat it.

“The performer community has always faced societal pressures, but today’s performers are more vulnerable because of rampant cyberbullying,” said Pineapple Support founder Leya Tanit.  “As an industry, we need to understand the specific struggles that performers face both on and offline, and learn how to best support them.”

Since its launch in 2018, Pineapple Support has connected over three hundred adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support. The organization is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit in the United States and a registered charity in the U.K.

While walk-in appointments may be available, those who wish to book an appointment with therapist Michele Karban should do so by contacting Karban directly via WhatsApp at +44 7814 942528.

Free Emotion Regulation, DBT Course with Sophia Graham

Who am I?

I’m a disabled, queer coach and therapist working primarily with marginalised individuals and groups. I’m especially excited about working with people interested in building psychological skills so they feel more able to manage the challenges in their lives in their own way. I believe that we are the experts in our own lives and that finding new tools and developing new skills helps us to create the lives we want to live.
Why work with performers?

Therapy professionals, in general, have not been great at working with people outside the mainstream. This means that performers can really struggle to access high-quality support. As someone that has had been really let down in the past by judgemental and unprofessional therapists, I know what that is like. I also know that it takes a huge toll on people’s wellbeing, and sometimes costs lives. I want that to change, and I’m doing my bit to try to make that change in the world.

What is Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)

Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT) is a non-pathologising approach that teaches skills for creating a life worth living. It focuses on the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance and emotional regulation. The DBT approach is one of the most heavily researched and validated forms of psychotherapy. It was initially designed for clients with a borderline personality disorder diagnosis but has been found to be effective in relation to a broad range of diagnoses including depression and anxiety. This is a peer group where we work together to learn DBT skills and practice them in our lives between sessions. One of the most important parts of this approach is working with others to understand the skills we are learning. Homework is an essential component of DBT, and you will be given worksheets to complete each week between sessions. We go through these in detail each session, and that’s where a lot of the learning happens, as people are able to share their experiences, successes and challenges.

Why emotion regulation?

Out of control emotions can make it hard to maintain friendships, romantic relationships and can even jeopardise our careers. Many of us never learned the skills we need to cope with difficult emotions, and that makes it impossible to deal effectively with stressful or distressing situations that inevitably come up in our lives. This course teaches participants how to recognise, understand and regulate emotions so that they have more choices about how to manage day to day stressors and distressing events.

Why interpersonal effectiveness?

Our efforts to manage our own emotions are frequently challenged by our interactions with other people. Sometimes this leads us to behave in ways that we later regret. Other times we can fail to speak up assertively for what we need, which can lead to resentment or misunderstandings later. This course is about empowering us to handle interpersonal situations more effectively.

Why distress tolerance?

There are no lives without pain, and everyone has crises at times. These times of intense emotional dysregulation can lead to out of control behaviours that can damage our relationships, life and reputation. This course teaches techniques for reducing emotional activation and distress. It equips participants with skills to practice in their lives so they are able to deal with crises more effectively and cope better with intense distress.

Time commitment

You will attend a 2-hour session each week and complete homework between sessions which usually takes between 20 minutes and an hour.

What do you do in a group meeting?

We start with a mindfulness exercise, then in each session after the first, we go through the homework and discuss each of our experiences with it for the first hour. This hour helps us to consolidate our skills and troubleshoot any problems. Then we have a 5-10 minute break before learning a new skill.

To apply please please click on the link found at pineapplesupport.org/support-groups

Pineapple Support & WebCam Lab Offer Free Therapy to Colombian Models

Pineapple Support has partnered with the Webcam Lab and Fundación Liam to bring free therapy to cam models and adult workers in Colombia.

The sessions are available now.

The Webcam Lab, a comprehensive service center for the Latin American cam industry and AJ Studios’ charitable arm Fundaciòn Liam will work with Pineapple Support to ensure a full-time therapist will be available to any model or performer in Colombia needing mental health services and therapy.

“Our company has always been characterized by the support and genuine interest in the progress of the more than 2,500 models that are an active part of the Webcam Lab family of affiliate studios,” said Webcam Lab Relationship Coordinator José Luis Araujo S. “It is valuable for us to integrate to this philosophy the support and the quality service that Pineapple Support represents.”

British performer Leya Tanit founded Pineapple Support in 2018 in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. Since its launch, the organization has connected over 250 performers to mental health services including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“There are many adult models and performers in Colombia without access to stigma-free and specialized support,” Tanit said. “I’m incredibly thankful to The Webcam Lab and Foundación Liam, whose support will allow us to promote the mental health and well-being of performers in the Latin adult industry.”

“As a foundation, we have always tried to have the best tools to positively impact the lives of people with whom we have the pleasure of working,” said Foundación Liam Director Lisbeth L. Contecha. “Tools that we know are greatly enhanced by working with Pineapple Support.”

Performers who are interested in accessing therapy or studios that wish to secure free therapy for their performers can email psicologaclinicatwl@gmail.com.

Or visit PineappleSupport.org/Colombia

Pineapple Support, Blue Pearl Offer Free Adult Biz Counseling

Pineapple Support has renewed its partnership with industry therapist Jasmine Johnson (MSW, MA, LCSW) of Blue Pearl Therapy to host two free five and four-week online support groups for adult industry performers — one for survivors of sexual trauma and one centered on grief and loss, beginning August 7th and 21st.

“We hope these sessions will help performers build strong bonds and develop an ongoing support network,” said Leya Tanit, founder and president of Pineapple Support. “Jasmine was one of the very first therapists to offer her services to Pineapple Support. She knows how important it is for performers who have experienced trauma and grief to talk with others with similar backgrounds.”

Blue Pearl Therapy is a sex-worker-aware, stigma-free therapeutic practice that provides both online and offline therapy and coaching. Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker and gerontologist providing therapeutic services related to PTSD, depression and anxiety for over 15 years.

Tanit launched Pineapple Support in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. In its first year alone, Pineapple Support has connected over 250 adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“As an active clinical therapist and adult entertainer myself, I know firsthand the challenges that can accompany accessing mental health support,” Johnson said. “I am elated to partner with Pineapple Support to help bridge the gap between mental health resources and sex workers.”

Johnson said performers can expect to meet online weekly with peers and a sex worker-friendly therapist to discuss the impact of grief and sexual trauma, including coping skills. Performers can expect a judgment-free safe space where the only thing anyone needs to have in common is being a member of the adult industry community.

“One of the hardest things that adult performers face is stigma from the therapeutic community,” Tanit explained. “We need to meet performers on their own terms, and in an environment that understands their needs.”

For more information, click here.

Pineapple Support, Silverstein Legal Team Up for TES Show

Pineapple Support has announced a partnership with legal advocate Silverstein Legal for the upcoming 2019 European Summit (TES) in Prague from September 13-16.

Pineapple Support founder Leya Tanit and adult industry attorney Corey D. Silverstein of Silverstein Legal will be on hand during the trade show offering free consultations from their private suite on issues related to performer mental health and well-being.

“We wanted to help people prioritize the issues that affect their businesses and their workers,” said Tanit. “By creating a space away from the crowds, and offering free, confidential consultations, we can provide a bit of refuge for businesses to address issues critical to their growth and success.”

Pineapple Support is additionally welcoming any potential sponsors to visit the suite to learn how they can help support the mental health of workers in the adult industry and will hold a “Building Stronger Companies Through Mental Health” seminar at TES on September 14.

Silverstein will also present several educational seminars throughout the conference, including “Legal for Newbies: Back to Basics” on September 14 at 11 a.m.(GMT+2), “FOSTA/SESTA Update” later in the day at 2 p.m. and “Legal: Where are We Now and Where are We Going” on the 15th at 2 p.m.

“Silverstein Legal is proud to be returning as a sponsor to TES in Prague,” commented Silverstein. “After last year’s remarkable event, and substantial interest from TES attendees for scheduled and impromptu legal meetings, we wanted to provide attendees with a quiet and private place to meet. Teaming up with Pineapple Support for this special place was the perfect fit given the anonymity and privacy that our respective clients desire.”

Pineapple Support is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States and a registered charity in the U.K. Since its founding in 2018, it has connected over two-hundred-and-fifty adult performers to mental health services; including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support.

Silverstein Legal is a boutique law firm focused on areas of the law that impact the adult entertainment industry. His clientele includes hosting companies, affiliate programs, content producers, payment processors, website operators, dating websites, webcam sites, traffic brokers, affiliates, advertising networks and social media websites and performers.

Those interested in consulting with Tanit or Silverstein should contact them directly to schedule the meeting. The suite will be open for walk-in appointments during the show, as available.

Pineapple Support Highlights Danger of Sex Work Stigma in Brutally Honest Video Campaign

Pineapple Support, the industry’s leading mental health resource, has launched a brutally honest video campaign to help raise awareness of the mental health challenges faced by adult performers. The video sheds light on the toll that discrimination, stigma, stress, consent violation and emotional abuse can inflict on performers.

“We wanted to be uncompromisingly honest about the effect stigma has on adult performers,” says Leya Tanit, Founder and President of Pineapple Support. “The video may be difficult to watch, but so is the reality faced by performers. As our industry knows all too well, sex worker stigma can be life-threatening. Most importantly, we wanted those struggling to know that they are not alone — and that there is help.”

Founded in 2018 by Tanit, Pineapple Support provides adult performers with 24/7 access to emotional support and other mental health resources. In just over eighteen months, the organisation has connected over two hundred and fifty adult performers with free and low-cost therapy, counseling, group sessions, and other resources.

The one-and-a-half-minute video, featuring actress Lyra Law, was produced in collaboration with CC Productions and Clips4Sale.

“We’re proud to have partnered with Pineapple Support on this project,” says Neil Orkin, CEO of Clips4Sale. “We hope the message in this video helps people to better understand the impact of stigma and mental health issues on adult performers. The outstanding work that Pineapple Support is doing is paramount to the future of the adult industry.

Christina Carter who directed the video for Pineapple Support says that it was crucial that the video tackle the issues with realism. Carter says even Lyra Law’s tears were real. 

“We could have shot something bubbly and beautiful,” says Carter. “But we are not here to sugarcoat the issues. We are here to truly help our fellow talent and industry. I hope we’ve got your attention.” 

Pineapple Support is encouraging performers and allies to share the video via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.

 

WARNING – Please be aware that the video itself is disturbing, and involves representation of issues like addiction, assault, homophobia, whorephobia and self-harm, to name a few. If these or related issues are triggers, you may want to avoid it.

 

Pineapple Support, which is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit in the United State and a registered charity in the UK, offers stigma-free therapy and counselling. The Pineapple Support listener service is completely free, anonymous and available 24/7. Simply visit the website pineapplesupport.com and click “Get Support”.

 

Pineapple Support, Blue Pearl Therapy to Host Online Group SUPPORT for Survivors of Sexual Trauma

Pineapple Support has partnered with industry therapist Jasmine Johnson, (MSW, MA, LCSW) of Blue Pearl Therapy to host a five-week sexual trauma support program for 10-12 adult industry performers, beginning July 3, 2019.

“Jasmine was one of the very first therapists to offer her services to Pineapple Support,” says Leya Tanit, Founder and President of Pineapple Support. “She knows how important it is for performers who have experienced trauma to be able to talk with others with similar backgrounds. We hope these sessions will help performers build strong bonds and develop an on-going support network.”

Blue Pearl Therapy is a sex-worker-aware, stigma-free therapeutic practice that provides both online and offline therapy and coaching. Johnson is a licensed clinical social worker and gerontologist providing therapeutic services related to PTSD, depression and anxiety for over fifteen years.

Pineapple Support was launched by Tanit in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. In its first year alone, Pineapple Support has connected over two hundred adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“As an active clinical therapist and adult entertainer myself, I know first hand the challenges that can accompany accessing mental health support,” says Johnson.  “I have been elated to partner with Pineapple Support to help bridge the gap between mental health resources and sex workers.”

Johnson says performers can expect to meet online weekly with peers and a sex worker friendly therapist to discuss the impact of sexual trauma and coping skills. Performers can expect a judgement-free safe space where the only thing anyone need have in common is being a member of the adult industry community.

“One of the hardest things that adult performers face is stigma from the therapeutic community,” says Tanit, “We need to meet performers on their own terms, and in an environment that understands their needs.”

Pineapple Support is a registered 501(c)3 tax-deductible qualifying charity in the US, and a registered charity in the UK.

Those wishing to sign-up for the group should complete the Sexual Trauma Group Support Form