PLATINUM2023

Pineapple Support Society

Pineapple - Your Safe Word

aka Pineapple Support   |   Wilmington, DE   |  www.pineapplesupport.org

Mission

Pineapple Support is a free support and therapy service for people working in the adult online entertainment industry. We have an ever-growing team of sex-worker friendly, kink-aware therapists offering face-to-face, as well as online video therapy sessions. We operate 24/7, and are raising funds to help with the cost of professional counseling and therapy for those who need it. Pineapple Support was founded by Leya Tanit, a British performer who was deeply affected by the string of tragic losses experienced in the adult industry during the fall/winter 2017/18. In addition to offering direct services, we are also a point of contact for the world at large. We aspire to end the stigma associated with mental health and sex work on a larger, societal level.

Ruling year info

2019

Founder

Leya Tanit

President

Alison Boden

Main address

3411 Silverside Road, Tatnall Building #104

Wilmington, DE 19810 USA

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EIN

83-2011175

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Pineapple Support was founded by Leya Tanit, a former British performer who was deeply affected by the string of tragic losses experienced by the adult industry during the fall and winter of 2017/2018. Studies have shown that 30% of all adults suffer from various forms of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, PTSD, various types of abuse and more. With the lack of mental health care and support available to those working in the adult industry, combined with the attached stigma, over time these cases can become more acute. We aspire every day to reduce and eliminate the suffering that may be felt by those working within the industry in making Pineapple Support resources readily available and easily accessible to those who need it.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

24/7 Online Emotional Support Platform

Pineapple Support's online emotional support service is a free online emotional support therapy platform which allows one to anonymously connect via text / chat with trained listeners who provide support for everyday issues, including mental health.

The service can be accessed 24 hours a day from a computer or mobile device. There will always be a caring, trained volunteer who genuinely wants to listen and support without discrimination, judgement or stigma.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

At Pineapple Support, we believe that mental health care should be available to everyone, and we have made it our passion to offer both free and subsidized professional psychotherapy and mental health care to all performers and producers working in the adult online entertainment industry.

Our team of independent therapists are sex-positive. They offer in-person therapy sessions when possible, otherwise sessions are held remotely via online video platforms. They provide services regardless of age, profession, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or socioeconomic status.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Young adults

Pineapple Support has partnered with industry therapists to provide adult industry performers with a range of online support groups and counseling courses.

Population(s) Served
Sex workers
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of people who have accessed online mental health services.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Relating to one on one therapy sessions, group support and peer-to-peer emotional support services.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Pineapple Support aims to provide free and low-cost mental health care and emotional support to those working in the adult online media entertainment industry. We aim to provide this through one-on-one professional therapy, counseling and coaching services, online group support, 24/7 emotional support and educational webinars & resources.

In addition to offering direct services, we’re also a point of contact for the world at large. We aspire to end the stigma associated with mental health and sex work on a larger societal level. Encouraging everyone to be part of a positive change.

Persons working in the adult industry are subject to unique stressors both from their work and from societies perception of the industry. Our therapists, counsellors and coaches are LGBGTQ+ affirming, kink-aware and support consensual non-monogamy. They provide Pineapple Support clients with industry friendly, stigma free therapy services.

Our online 24/7 emotional support service is provided by trained volunteers, this service is completely anonymous and is ideal for those wishing to speak with someone immediately.

Pineapple Support online support groups are provided by registered Pineapple Support health-care professionals and run regularly throughout the year.

Educational resources are available either via our blog, monthly live webinars or during our annual mental health event, the Pineapple Summit.

The easily accessible resources provided by Pineapple Support alleviate feelings of isolation, and create a safe space for industry professionals to be heard. They provide education on a societal level working to end stigma associated to both mental health and sex-work.

Pineapple Support currently works with over 120 professional therapists, counsellors and coaches, across the US, Canada, Colombia, the UK, Europe and Australia, providing mental health services to adult industry professionals. With support provided in 8 different languages.

These health-care professionals work closely with Pineapple Support to provide one-on-one therapy, support groups and educational webinars, blogs and videos.

Our 24/7 active listening service has over 300 trained volunteer listeners across the globe providing care in a multitude of languages.

Pineapple Support has created a training course available to the 300,000 volunteer listeners on 7CupOfTea, to provide education on caring for sex-workers and the dangers of stigma. We hope that this will encourage more people to volunteer for Pineapple Support and also change negative views they may hold on the industry.

The non-profit is supported by over 40 sponsors who show their support both monetarily and through in-kind services, such as PR, graphic design and web-hosting.

Pineapple Support’s board consists of 8 members with a vast range of knowledge, both of the adult industry, mental health and non-profit sector.

Since its inception in April 2018, Pineapple Support has provided mental health care services to over 1000 adult industry professionals. We have expanded our resources to provide care across the globe and in 8 different languages.

Pineapple Support now provides mental health services through one-on-one therapy and counseling, 24/7 online emotional support, online support groups, webinars, educational videos and an annual online mental health summit.

We are involved in and sponsor events across the globe and have become a household name within the adult industry.

Pineapple Support has accomplished more in its first two years than many organizations have in a decade. We hope to continue growing and gaining support from within and outside of the adult community. We hope to expand our services across more countries and in more languages and to continue providing a high level of services to those who need our care and support.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Privacy Concerns

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Pineapple Support Society

Board of directors
as of 08/22/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alison Bodenhemier

Pineapple Support Society

Term: 2018 -


Board co-chair

Tim Valenti

Pineapple Support Society

Dr. Jennifer Field

Director & Client Support Chair

Alison Bodenhemier

President

Corey Silverstein

Legal Chair

Brad Mitchell

Marketing & Website Chair

Tim Valenti

Vice President

Kellie Marsh

Operations & Logistics Chair

Liz Rek

Company Secretary

Shirley Lara

Treasurer

Michelle Marriott

Community Outreach Chair

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data