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Pineapple Support Announces Monthly Support Group Dedicated to Support Staff

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, expands its corporate training initiative with a drop-in support group dedicated to back-end and support staff that work alongside adult performers and creators. The monthly support group will be led by licensed therapists Steven Mollura and Diane Obeid and will start on Thursday, June 2nd at 12pm EST.

“This group will provide a regular opportunity to meet as a group and discuss mental health in a safe space,” says Pineapple Support therapist Stephen Mollura. “This is a drop-in group, so there’s no pressure to stay for a certain number of sessions, and the group members may change from week to week. It will be an opportunity to talk about any concerns you might have or challenges you may be facing.”

The support group will take place once a month and will be available exclusively to online adult industry corporate professionals, including model support, content reviewers, tech team members and other employees of companies that sponsor Pineapple Support.

“The adult industry needs to come together as one team to provide comprehensive support for performers,” says Leya Tanit, founder and CEO of Pineapple Support.

“It’s critical that we are able to spot the signs of someone that may be struggling, as well as knowing how to navigate conversations around mental health. But it’s equally important to recognize that support staff experience their own challenges, and need support as well.”

Tanit founded Pineapple Support in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counselling and emotional support.

“There’s a real need for increased support for those that work on the other side of the screen,” says Tanit. “While the mental health challenges faced by content reviewers are sometimes acknowledged, many who work behind the scenes in the sex industry face challenges of their own, including some of the same stigma and discrimination as performers. I’m glad we’re reaching this underserved group.”

If you have a business and would like to find out how to become an official sponsor of Pineapple Support, view the available packages by visiting pineapplesupport.org/sponsorship.

Pineapple Support Appoints Eve Batelle, Sabien DeMonia as Brand Ambassadors

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, has appointed Eve Batelle and Sabien DeMonia as brand ambassadors. The adult personalities join the eight other ambassadors who represent Pineapple Support, helping to extend support to performers and increase the organization’s reach within the adult community.

Eve Batelle, an adult industry veteran and content creator and Sabien DeMonia, an award-winning adult star and content creator, will be points of contact for performers in the industry who want to know more about the organization and how to receive support.

“Our brand ambassadors are very passionate about the well-being of our community, and actively look for those who may need our support, while helping to raise awareness of Pineapple Support within the adult industry,” says Leya Tanit, CEO and founder of Pineapple Support. “They uphold Pineapple’s values of equality and kindness and work to spread positivity, supporting those in need. I’m thankful to both Eva and Sabien for helping to champion mental health in the community.”

Tanit founded Pineapple Support in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5,000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

For more information and to become a member of Pineapples United, the membership club for members of the adult industry, please visit Pineapplesupport.org/Pineapples-United. If you have a business and would like to find out how to become an official sponsor of Pineapple Support, view the available packages by visiting Pineapplesupport.org/sponsorship.

Pineapple Support To Host Ongoing Support Group for Performers Affected by Conflict In Ukraine

Pineapple Support, the adult industry’s leading mental health nonprofit, will host a free, online support group for performers affected by the conflict in Ukraine. The weekly support group will be led by accredited therapist and counselor Sergei Malkin and will start on Wednesday, April 6th at 12pm CET, running for as long as needed.

“War has devastating effects and extreme destructive power, bringing uncertainty to the future,” says Malkin. “Traumatic events like this can wake up ‘forgotten’ or ‘viscerally stored’ memories of early developmental and attachment trauma, leading to anxiety and depression. At times like these, we need support and holding more than ever. A support group for others in a similar situation may provide a productive forum to share and validate feelings, grieve losses, exchange practical information and give each other hope and support.”

Pineapple Support was founded by British performer Leya Tanit in 2018, after a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a qualified 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in the United States, has so far connected over 5000 adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support.

“Sergei is a fantastic therapist and counselor, combining different approaches to help people find suitable tools in order to increase resilience and autonomy,” says Tanit. “He helps people to transform wounds into new resources and to find new ways to restore boundaries and self-esteem. Anyone who has been affected by the conflict in Ukraine is welcome to come and share a safe space where we can help you to build resilience and process what’s happening in a healthy way.”

The ongoing support group for performers affected by the conflict in Ukraine begins on Wednesday, April 6th at 12pm CET, and will take place online each Wednesday at the same time, running as long as is needed. For more information about this support group and to reserve a place, visit https://pineapplesupport.org/support-groups/.