heads up: a mental health tool kit for the workplace
Event Industry Associations, The Association of Event OrganisersÂ (AEO), The Association of Event VenuesÂ (AEV), and the Event Supplier and Services Association (ESSA), have announced the launch of a new member benefit, the â€œheads upâ€' mental health tool kit. The tool kit contains a variety of resources and advice, a library of links and case studies, and signposts to material for improving, maintaining and looking after the mental health of oneself and others.
Chair and vice-chair of the Industry HR Group, Cheryl Busby of Clarion Events, and Raj Pragji of QEII Centre, led the group in setting long-term objectives to address mental health awareness and the wellbeing of everyone working in the event industry, including this â€œheads upâ€' initiative. The tool kit was developed with the assistance of Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA England) and the charitable, social enterprise, Event Well.
Busby explained the need for a tool kit, saying â€œIt's reassuring to know that almost one in every hundred adults in the UK has some form of training or experience in mental healthcare, and I'm proud to say that many of our members are numbered among them.â€'
Busby continued, â€œThis tool kit is designed to help create a supportive and knowledgeable culture around mental health. We want to embed positive long-term change across our organisations so everyone in the event industry can thrive and succeed.â€'
Pragji added, â€œMental health problems are common and widespread. Through the creation of â€œheads upâ€', we want to help event industry professionals understand the factors that affect their mental health and to look out for the mental health of their colleagues.â€'
ÂThe tool kit will be provided as aÂ benefit for all members of the AEO, AEV and ESSA, accessible online behind their member zones.Â