Pineapple Support Celebrates 1st Year, Highlights Achievements

Adult industry mental health resource Pineapple Support is celebrating its first anniversary this month and sharing numbers that tell a story of growth and achievement.

According to the org, since its founding in April 2018, it has connected nearly 130 adult performers to vital mental health resources, including providing more than 40 performers with free or subsidized therapy. More than double that number have used the nonprofit’s active listening service.

“Pineapple Support was born out of the urgent need to provide adult performers with stigma-free and sex-work-positive mental health services,” says Leya Tanit, founder and president of Pineapple Support. “We are so grateful that so many people have come together to begin building a true resource for the adult industry workers.”

Pineapple Support, a registered UK charity, has no salaried staff. Funds raised have gone to therapists and treatment, outreach and awareness, and professional, technical and administrative services.

The currently reported stats are:

  • Total Money Pledged: $87K
  • Number of Performers Treated: 127
  • Number of Therapy Sessions Subsidized: 400
  • Number of Therapists Recruited: 29
  • Number of Volunteers Trained: 133
  • Number of Sponsor Companies: 21
  • Number of Events Attended Globally: 11
  • Number of Therapists Contacted: 1,250

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished in just a year, but the need is vast,” said Tanit. “Because of the stigma associated with sex work, adult performers are at much greater risk for depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction and other mental health issues, but have fewer avenues to judgement-free care. As an industry, we can change this, but we need everyone to come together.”

Pineapple Support was launched by Tanit, a performer herself, in response to a string of losses in the adult industry from depression and other mental illness. Major adult companies have already stepped up to support the organization, including PornHub, ModelHub, xHamster, Kink.com, Clips4Sale, Gamma Films, Rabbits Reviews, WankzVR and others.

WankzVR Joins Pineapple Support as Silver Sponsor

Pineapple Support has announced that WankzVR has joined on as a sponsor at the Silver Level, helping to provide mental health resources for adult talent. 

The VR site joins Rabbits Reviews, PornHub, ModelHub, xHamster, Kink.com, Clips4Sale, Gamma Films and other major adult companies in committing funds and resources to the organization.

Bradley Phillips of WankzVR explained that the company is “more than just a website,” stating that their “deep roots” in the industry have provided them with a unique perspective on the issues Pineapple Support is seeking to address. Phillips continued to say that in addition to “publishing the best virtual reality content for our fans,” the company is also committed to “improving the actual reality of all the people who work with us.”

Pineapple Support was launched in 2018 by British performer Leya Tanit, and has since connected over one hundred adult performers to mental health services including free and low-cost therapy, counseling and emotional support. The company recently gained official nonprofit status in the U.S., nearly a year to the day from the organization’s founding. 

“Our mission is very straight forward,” explained Tanit. “We want the people working in adult, whether they are in front of a camera or behind one — to feel safe, love, respected, cared for and secure. We are working diligently to reach out to performers, agents, studios, crew, webmasters and business owners to grow the shared sense of community that already exists and to make sure every participant is fully included. Our goal goes beyond preventing tragic deaths and extends forward toward a future where the adult industry becomes known globally as the safest, most intimate and most joyful segment of the economy.”

To learn more about WankzVR’s contributions to Pineapple Support, click here.

For more information, find Pineapple Support online and on Twitter.

WeCamgirls supports Pineapple

WeCamgirls is promoting Pineapple support on their website to help get the word out as well as to recruit new volunteer listeners. The models on the site understand and can relate to the hardships some have to overcome in the adult industry to get the feeling of acceptance, but also the mental problems that will manifest when these hardships are not overcome.

“Yes”, Tristan said, “we are very glad we can help and promote pineapple support. It’s a great initiative and we want models to know that there is an accessible and friendly place to go to. Models need to know that through Pineapple support they can get free access to counseling and emotional support that is available 24/7 via online chat.

“Working in the adult industry is tough. People are biased about sexworkers and cammodels have to deal with trolls on a daily basis. It’s easy to say, “Hey just ignore them and spend your energy on people that like you”, but this is just not how the world works. We are only humans and it matters to you, whether you like it or not, what people say.”

The WeCamgirls community has over 20,000 models and was created to give cammodels “a home”. All the serious and not so serious topics are discussed on the forum and experiences are shared in the review section.

Pineapple Support is Looking for Volunteers To Join Their Team of Listeners

Becoming a Volunteer Listener for Pineapple Support

Volunteer listeners have full control over when and how long they are available to listen. They provide a safe, anonymous, caring, non-judgemental and completely stigma free space for adult industry performers to reach out.

 

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: we 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!

 

Click here and join our team of listeners today.

Pornhub Promotion & MojoHost Infrastructure Make 12/17 A Banner Day For Pineapple Support

December 17, 2018 – Today was a landmark day in the history of PineappleSupport.com thanks to a huge promotional step by PornHub.com and a monumental effort by the wonderful staff at MojoHost. The charity site saw a 21,000% increase in traffic over the previous day, thanks to Pornhub adding a clickable banner icon to its front-page logo in honor of the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

As you might expect, the sudden influx of that much traffic caused a temporary outage of the PineappleSupport.com website itself. A problem that made the site inoperable and unreachable by some who might need access to the therapeutic services offered by the organization free of charge to anyone in the adult entertainment community who may be in need.

“It’s rare for a site to have a twenty-seven thousand percent traffic increase without any notice, we weren’t aware of the promotion ahead of time, but we do understand the particular importance of PineappleSupport being up because of the life-saving services they provide,” said Brad Mitchell, CEO of MojoHost.com. “Getting the site back up as quickly as we did is a credit to everyone working here 24/7 on our technical staff, and we are honored to be the trusted host of Pineapple and everyone they work with throughout the year.”

As CEO of PineappleSupport.com, Ms. Leya Tannit was thankful for the attention that Pornhub provided and the infrastructure that MojoHost has in place. “As a charity, we are much more about helping people than about marketing or webhosting maintenance, so working with people who are at the top of those fields is truly gratifying. The visibility Pornhub provided today may actually save lives, simply by helping so many people to find PineappleSupport when they need us. Similarly, the reliability of MojoHost and their ability to solve any technical challenges so quickly empowers our own brand by showing people they can rely on our site whenever they need it.”

The full blog post published on Pornhub can be found here: https://www.pornhub.com/blog/7071, and on the heels of a recent announcement to sponsor holiday dinners in several locations for adult workers, Pornhub is demonstrating their desire to make sure that the adult business is one that is also a healthy, safe and positive environment for all the people who make it such a joyous source of entertainment around the globe.

“We are thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response we have received to the announcement of our partnership with Pineapple Support,” said Natalia Maurlan of ModelHub. “With so many positive comments from sex workers as a result, we hope that others will consider supporting our community in impactful ways as well.”

To get active as a sponsor, volunteer or to receive the help you may need please visit http://www.Pineapplesupport.com today!

Pineapple Support and Clips4Sale debut 2019 Fundraising Calendar

To help raise additional funds for performer mental health services, Pineapple Support has debuted a new calendar in conjunction with Clips4Sale and photographer Scott Church.

Sales from the calendar will help raise needed funds so that Pineapple Support can continue to provide mental health care for people in the adult industry.

Pineapple Support is providing 24/7 emotional support for performers during the holidays, as well as connecting performers in need with no- and low-cost sessions with therapists.

The 2019 calendar features a set of photos by Church on the island of Ibiza.

Church’s work has appeared in Playboy Magazine, VH1, Maxim, Penthouse and Skin Too, among others. The calendar photographs were taken exclusively for Pineapple Support.

“It is only through the support of organizations and individuals such as Clips4Sale and Scott Church that Pineapple Support can provide the industry with the mental health care and emotional support needed,” said Leya Tanit, president and founder of Pineapple Support. “Sales of these calendars will raise funds to pay for therapy sessions for performers in need.”

Neil, founder of Clips4Sale, said that for 15 years Clips4Sale has “proudly represented producers and models that wish to share their content online with a massive audience. Now providing more than 1,000 categories to choose from and over 7 million video clips, Clips4Sale has continued to be the No 1 clip download site for fans and performers alike.”

“Clips4Sale is proud to be a primary sponsor of the Pineapple Support Charity,” he said. “After many years of seeing first hand how some people in the industry have struggled to be well, I am very pleased to see a real organization taking their cause seriously, and proud to be able to work with such a great charity to offer help to individuals who need it.”

To buy a Pineapple Support Calendar, visit PineappleSupport.com/shop.

Paxum Matches Donations To Pineapple Support

As a preferred payment method for adult industry performers, Paxum is taking a stand in the fight for performer rights and personal safety by matching donations to Pineapple Support.

According to the company, a year ago shock waves rippled through the adult industry when news spread that beautiful and talented performer August Ames had tragically taken her own life as a result of mental illness. The distressing news came quickly after several other adult performer suicides and made a huge impact on the industry, with many performers expressing shock, confusion, and grief. As a result, some offered themselves to their colleagues for support and comfort should they find themselves in a similar position.

For one performer in particular though, Leya Tanit, the news of so many performer suicides in just a few short months compelled her to take urgent action to create a positive change for performers’ mental health worldwide. Through pure determination and dedication coupled with valuable industry support, just a few months later, Tanit’s idea is already a concrete reality with her founding of Pineapple Support — a registered non-profit organization dedicated to providing 24/7 mental health support for all industry performers, with no discrimination, judgment or stigma attached.

When the Winter Holiday season approaches many of us find the shortened days and colder temperatures can contribute to increased feelings of negativity, loneliness, anxiety, and depression. For some people, suicidal thoughts can push through more prominently during the winter; more than in any other season, so as human beings it’s important to provide support to our fellow human beings when we can.

Paxum wholeheartedly backs Pineapple Support and its goal to support all adult performers. To provide these services takes funding, and so Paxum will be matching all donations to Pineapple Support during December and January, up to $2,000, when sent through Paxum.

“We invite you to join us to help make a difference for all performers in the adult industry,” Paxum’s Ruth Blair says, explaining that “Every donation counts, whether you donate $1, $5, $10, or $100, Paxum will match you!”

Blair says every penny will go to Pineapple Support, which as a registered non-profit organization, can use Paxum services completely free.

“Providing this much-needed service to the adult industry through Pineapple Support is something I feel extremely passionate about,” Tanit explains, “and with companies such as Paxum not only sharing this passion but generously offering their support, we are able to offer therapy, counseling, and emotional support to the many who often could otherwise fall through the cracks.”

To donate, simply send your donation via Paxum to contact@pineapplesupport.org.

For more information, click here.

Clips4Sale and Pineapple Support Team Up and Take Action

As we reach the end of another year we look back on 2018 and recall fond memories of shows attended and milestones reached. Sadly not all memories are happy ones, 2018 saw the loss of many lives in the industry, shining stars, friends and peers. When Clips4Sale heard of Pineapple Support’s mission to provide outreach, emotional support and assistance to those working in the adult industry, they immediately offered resources.

For over 15 years Clips4Sale has continued to be the #1 clip download site. Proudly representing all producers and models that wish to share their videos with the world. With over 1,000 categories to choose from and over 7 million video clips, it is clear why Clips4Sale is continuing to attract those wanting to sell or purchase adult video clips.

“Clips4Sale is proud to be a sponsor of Pineapple Support Charity.” Said Neil, visionary founder of Clips4Sale. “After many years of seeing first hand the struggles people in the industry have, I am very proud to be able to work with a great charity that can offer help to those individuals who need it the most.”

After the recent tragic events that left the adult industry in shock, the non-profit organization was formed. Pineapple Support provides emotional support and mental health care to all those working in the adult industry. Founder and president of Pineapple Support Leya Tanit said, “Our industry has lost too many beautiful souls, it is time we took action.”

“Since I began my career in the adult industry back in 2010, Clips4Sale have always been a company I look upon fondly.” Said Leya, “Their ethos to treat every producer and model equally, no matter their ranking, status, looks, sexual preference or fetish is one close to my heart. Neil actually has his personal mobile number available on the website for studio owners to contact him directly. This approach to the business, to look at producers and talent as individuals rather than assets is part of what makes Clips4Sale a very special company within this industry.”

Clips4Sale are set to become a major sponsor of Pineapple Support once US legal filings are confirmed and have already shown their support over the past few months by providing Pineapple with resources at adult conventions across the US. They have most recently sponsored the production of a Pineapple Support 2019 calendar, which will be available to buy online at www.PineappleSupport.com and at industry conventions over the coming months. Leya Tanit adds, “During these first few months, I honestly don’t know what Pineapple Support would have done without Clips4Sale’s support and shared vision.”

Pineapple Support is a registered charity in the UK and is currently filing in the US as a 501c3 non-profit. Confirmation is anticipated early 2019.

 

To become a sponsor of Pineapple Support or to provide resources to assist with their work, please visit www.PineappleSupport.org

Pineapple Sundae Radio Shows Are Now Available As Podcasts

The Pineapple Sundae radio show which is hosted by Pineapple Support’s President Leya Tanit and UK based therapist Shelly is broadcast live every Sunday at 12pm EST on Demonseed Radio and has been growing from strength to strength since it was launched on the 13th of May this year.

Pineapple Sundae hosts discuss different mental health topics each week and interview some of the industry’s biggest stars, new talent and veterans, inviting them to share their personal experiences and opinions. Although many of Pineapple Sundae’s topics may be serious, co-hosts Leya and Shelly always manage to keep a good balance of compassion and humor throughout the two hour shows.

To date the pair has discussed everything from substance misuse, depression, anxiety and coping with suicide, to maintaining a good work/life balance, relationship in the industry and being kinky.

This week all the episodes that have been aired to date were made available to listen to as podcasts. Leya Tanit states “It is of paramount importance that the complexities working in the adult industry can have on a performer’s life and therefore their mental health are discussed openly. It not only helps others within the industry understand that they are not alone in their experiences, but exposes consumers to the fact that performers are real people.”

Pineapple Sundae podcasts are available at: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pineapple-sundae/id1439021361?mt=2

MojoHost Sponsors Pineapple Support’s Web Hosting

Adult industry’s most established web hosting company MojoHost has provided Pineapple Support with free web hosting for both their UK and US non-profit websites.

MojoHost is regarded as the favourite web hosting site for adult sites and for us it is clear why. Solely focused on hosting solutions, MojoHost is distinguished by its unrelenting commitment to customer satisfaction and constant innovation. Sound financial practices and continued reinvestment have given MojoHost unrestrained ability to attract exceptional, caring staff and employ leading hardware and software to deliver a superior hosting experience.

The company will soon be announcing the launch of MojoCloud, “the first high performance purpose-built cloud to serve the adult space. It will come to market with petabytes of available S3 compatible storage, terabytes of RAM and almost a thousand CPU cores.” MojoHost is “changing the way digital entertainment is served with its turnkey integration into MojoCDN’s global footprint.”

MojoHost’s CEO Brad Mitchell has taken in avid interest in Pineapple Support since he was first introduced to the organization earlier this year. Leya Tanit, president of Pineapple Support states “I honestly believe that without Brad’s advice and friendship, Pineapple Support would not have accomplished all that it has in the past few months.”

MojoHost provides service to more than 800 adult companies around the world, representing more than 50,000 adult websites and Pineapple Support couldn’t be happier to become part of their ever growing Mojo family.

“Thank you Brad and MojoHost for your kindness and continued support.” – Leya

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