LOS ANGELESPineapple Support, the non-profit mental health organization dedicated to the adult industry, has expanded its services in South America by way of a new alliance with The Webcam Lab, a camming services firm in Colombia. The organization so far has provided more than 200 performers in Colombia and other South American countries with free and low-cost mental health services and support thanks to the new partnership. “The main goal is to promote positivity by talking about the problems that people can have in this type of industry,” said Laura Patricia Herrera, a full-time psychologist, therapist and spokesperson for Pineapple Support. Although the office is in the city of Cali [Colombia], we are aware of the need for support in other cities, such as Medellin and Bogotá where we are already working with performers. Currently, due to the worldwide pandemic, psychological support is being provided virtually via Skype and WhatsApp, and in this way we are able to mitigate the anxiety caused by COVID-19. The alliance was forged last August, when Pineapple Support contacted The Webcam Lab, the Colombian healthcare non-profit Liam Foundation and video chat experts AJ Estudios. Meetings are held regularly at The WebcamLab headquarters in Cali, where education and treatment for mental health issues such as anxiety and depression are provided free to models from different locations. I am incredibly thankful to The WebcamLab and AJ Studios for their generosity and for helping to make Pineapples support in South America possible, said Leya Tanit, founder of Pineapple Support. Lauras tireless work as a therapist has helped over 200 performers so far and with new and exciting initiatives from the team there, were increasing our reach even more. Those living in a Spanish-speaking country in South America looking for mental health support and therapy may contact Pineapple Support to connect with therapist Laura. More information can be found by visiting pineapplesupport.org/colombia. Pineapple Support was founded in 2018 after several performers passed away suddenly due to depression, addiction or other mental illnesses. The organization, which is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit in the United States and a registered charity in the UK, has so far connected over one thousand adult performers to mental health services, including free and low-cost, therapy, counseling and emotional support. For more information, visit www.pineapplesupport.org.
written by: Allen Smithberg