Pineapple Support, FSC to Host Webinar on Suicide Prevention

Pineapple Support will host a free webinar sponsored by Free Speech Coalition (FSC), titled “Suicide Prevention: Awareness, Education, and Strategies to Reduce Risk,” on Friday at 12 p.m. (PDT).

The webinar — discussing suicidality and suicide prevention, with a focus on harm reduction — will be led by licensed social worker Sarah Kelleher.

“This webinar will explore education and awareness surrounding suicide and prevention, as well as strategies to help you and loved ones cope and reduce risk,” Kelleher explained. “Together, we’ll explore the current language and tactics surrounding suicide and how prevention can look during a pandemic, when our go-to community and services may be on hold.”

“It’s important to note that this webinar discusses themes that some listeners may find upsetting,” she added.

Michelle LeBlanc, CEO of FSC said, “The past few months have been stressful for many in our industry, and everyone should be aware of the warning signs of someone in crisis. Over the past few years, FSC has worked hard to build up resources for performers and creators through our Inspire Program.”

“As part of that, it’s essential that we also support the crucial work Pineapple Support is doing to provide mental health resources for our community,” LeBlanc added.

“The adult industry has suffered a number of tragic losses recently,” Pineapple Support Founder Leya Tanit said. “Education and awareness are both vital tools in helping us to protect performers, while we equip ourselves with strategies that can help to prevent future losses in our industry.”

Kelleher is “a licensed social worker, passionate about topics focused on destigmatizing sexuality, sexual and erotic labor, with experience working with clients with a history of trauma, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance use,” Tanit added. “I can say with confidence that our participants will find this webinar incredibly useful.”

Pineapple Support To Provide Suicide Prevention Training Presentation

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health resource, will host a free Suicide Prevention training presentation to help those in the adult industry to better understand the mental health issues that lead to suicide, including how to identify potential signs and the steps that can be taken to prevent suicide.

The sex-positive training presentation, hosted by ​certified crisis counselor ​Amanda TR-Clemens, is designed to help those in the adult industry provide direct support to those struggling. In addition to resources and tools for suicide prevention, the presentation will also provide tools and strategies for mental health challenges individuals might be facing personally.

“This webinar will be a ‘user-friendly’, sex-informed approach to suicide prevention and crisis support that’s meant to be specifically ‘performed’ by adult film industry people for adult film industry people who may be struggling with suicide or other mental health-related issues,” says Clemens. “The more honest discussions we can have about mental health in adult, the less stigma those who want to come forward face, and the more who can be saved.”

Pineapple Support was founded in 2018, by British performer Leya Tanit, in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organisation, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States and a registered charity in the UK, has so far connected over a thousand adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“This training presentation will be held on World Suicide Prevention Day,” says Tanit. “We’re hosting this in memory of those in our industry we’ve lost, and to honor their memory by building a more informed and supportive community. Amanda’s experience working for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, as well as her work coordinating emergency and volunteer rescues and speaking at schools and events on the topic of suicide prevention makes her the perfect host for this training presentation.”

The Suicide Prevention Training presentation will go live on September 10th at 1 pm ES and is scheduled to last one hour but may extend. Please visit for more information and to access the webinar link.

Pineapple Support Sponsors Free Suicide Prevention Training Day

LOS ANGELES — Pineapple Support is set to sponsor a free suicide prevention training day in Tarzana on Sunday, March 24.

The event is specifically aimed at helping agents, performers and producers better cope with crisis situations.

“We all need to know the warning signs for suicide, and how to prevent it,” said Leya Tanit, founder and president of Pineapple Support. “While mental resources are important, not everyone seeks help on their own. The training day will give people the skills they need to help make that crucial difference and to possibly save a life.”

Pineapple Support’s Suicide Prevention Day will begin at 11 a.m.

Speakers will include:

  • Amanda Clemens , discussing suicide prevention and crisis intervention.
  • Hernando Chaves, discussing self-care and self-esteem.
  • Leya Tanit, giving an overview of Pineapple Support and the services it provides.

“Education and knowledge is the key to preventing self-harm,” said Tanit. “I invite anyone who routinely deals with performers, from directors to make-up artists to bookers, to come for this free training. Together, we can build a net to help those who may be slipping.”

“Mental health is an issue that has touched each persons life. Additional training with suicide awareness, crisis intervention, managing mental health, self-care, and promoting self-worth can benefit anyone pursuing balance and managing life stressors.” said Hernando Chaves “Attending trainings that increase awareness with mental health concerns and teaches best practices to intervening in emergencies can be valuable tools to have when a difficult situation arises. ”

The event is open to all persons working in the adult industry. For more information, contact Pineapple Support here and follow their Twitter handle.