LOS ANGELES — ManyVids.com has announced its unveiling of a free and confidential crisis intervention service for adult content creators in response to the recent uptick in performer suicides.
According to the company, it seeks to provide performers with support and resources to positively contribute to their mental health and wellbeing.
“Issues of mental health impacts people across occupations, so it’s important to not further stigmatize adult entertainers as being more prone to these issues by being sex workers,” said ManyVids COO Sed Dehan. “What we do know is that adult performers face particular challenges that make accessing support difficult, such as stigma and shaming from health professionals or internalized stigma that may lead them to believe they don’t deserve mental healthcare.”
Dehan explained the MV Hotline provides mental health and emotional support as well as information to ManyVids’ MV Stars, the platform’s content creators. An MV Support Worker will take calls, answer emails, and is available to chat Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m. (PST).
The MV Hotline will also be adding to the lineup of the MV Blog, where readers connect with adult content creators, with MV Support Workers writing an ongoing blog series dedicated to mental health, sexuality, internet privacy, and more.
ManyVids also plans to offer webinars where adult content creators can come together to learn about relevant topics while asking questions, sharing, and interacting with the MV Support Workers and each other.
“Our message, loud and clear, is that mental health care should be available to everyone,” Dehan added. “We’re here to provide judgment-free support.”