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Leya Tanit Named 2022 XBIZ Honors ‘Community Figure of the Year’

Pineapple Support founder and CEO Leya Tanit was named “Community Figure of the Year” by the 2022 XBIZ Honors, online industry edition.

“I want to thank XBIZ from the bottom of my heart for this recognition,” Tanit said. “This award only increases my determination to meet the increased demand we’re seeing. We’re pulling out all the stops in 2022, with extra support groups, workshops and online events scheduled to be announced over the coming months. This award is for everyone on the Pineapple team, for all the hard work they’ve been putting in.”

Pineapple Support, founded by Tanit in 2018, has so far connected over 5,000 adult performers and industry members to mental health services, including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support.

Winners of the 2022 XBIZ Honors, online industry edition, were presented Wednesday, Jan. 5 during the XBIZ 2022 conference. Click here for a full list of recipients.

Pineapple Support Appoints Leah Mahi, Mark Hassell as Community Liaisons

Pineapple Support has appointed Leah Mahi and Mark Hassell as community liaison officers to act as “approachable and trusted sources of information for performers that want to know more about working with the organization,” noted a rep.

Mahi serves as XBIZ’s director of marketing and advertising for the digital media market, while Hassell counts “over 17 years of experience working with leading companies in the adult industry,” the rep said, and will help provide access to Pineapple Support and “its network of trained and licensed counselors and therapists, though won’t provide advice or support directly.”

Founder and CEO Leya Tanit explained that “stigma around accessing emotional support, or even just not knowing what to expect, can act as barriers to performers getting access to the services they need.”

“Mark and Leah are both highly respected and trusted members of the adult industry, so anyone that might feel more comfortable approaching a familiar face for stigma-free information about accessing our support can do so, safely and easily,” Tanit said. “I’m thankful to them both for helping to provide performers with a safe bridge to support, and in doing so, championing access to mental health services in our community.”

The group, founded in 2018 by Leya Tanit after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses, has so far connected over 5,000 adult performers and industry members to mental health services, including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support.

Performers and members of the adult entertainment industry are encouraged to approach Mahi or Hassell directly for information about Pineapple Support and its services.

What It Means To Become A Listener

Pineapple Support provides free emotional support 24/7 to people within the adult entertainment industry. We want to support others so they never have to feel alone. Having someone there to listen can make all the difference in someone’s life. Active listening is a great way to support someone. It’s not solving problems, it’s helping someone feel heard, valued, and understood.

Pineapple Support have joined up with 7 Cups of Tea, one of the biggest and best emotional support platforms. When you join Pineapple Support, you not only get to feel good about doing something awesome.

– You become part of the community that genuinely cares and helps others. As a listener, you have access to peers, other listeners, and mentors.

– You develop excellent active listening skills, which will strengthen your relationships, improve your confidence, and equip you to deal with conflicts.

– You get free hands-on training that is designed to help you learn by doing. As 7 Cups says, training is directly relevant and immediately applicable to your life.

Here is how it works: 7 Cups provide free online training & support – all you need is an internet connection to get started.

• Free active listening course

• Online volunteering from home (or via app!)

• Control your own availability to listen

• Get certifications to boost your resume

• Get support & coaching from friendly mentors

• Feel amazing that you are making a difference in other peoples lives!

 

To become a listener follow this link and click on the orange tab at the top of the page “Volunteer as a Listener”

 

Dr Jena Field