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The Facts


Mental health can be an emotive topic to address, with many shying away from difficult conversations.
Knowing the facts will enable you to provide informed support when needed.

Signs to look out for in the work place

Emotional: Employees who are struggling with their mental health may seem irritable, sensitive to criticism, demonstrate an uncharacteristic loss of sense of humour.

Cognitive: An employee may make more mistakes than usual, have problems making decisions or not be able to concentrate.

Behavioural:  This could include things like arriving late, not taking lunch breaks, taking unofficial days off, not joining in. It can also include not hitting deadlines, becoming more of an introvert, or extrovert. Generally acting out of character.

Physical:  Employees who are stressed sometimes exhibit physical symptoms, such as a constant cold, being tired at work, looking like they have not made an effort with their appearance or rapid weight loss/gain.

Business: At a business level, look out for increased absence or staff turnover. Have you noticed employees working longer hours, or a general drop in motivation or productivity levels?

Workplace Facts

  • 1 in 5 people take a day off work due to stress
  • In the last 6 years, the number of working days lost to stress, depression and anxiety has increased by 24%
  • 70 million working days are lost per year due to mental ill health, costing £70-£100bn per year
  • Less than half of employees said they would be able to talk openly to a manager
  • One quarter of people say they consider resigning due to stress
  • 56% said that they would NOT hire someone with depression, even if they were the best candidate for the role

Workplace Facts continued

  • Employers are losing billions of pounds because employees are less productive, less effective or are off sick
  • 300,000 people with a long term mental health problem lose their jobs each year
  • 15% of people at work, have symptoms of an existing mental health condition
  • 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem throughout their lives
  • 60% of people who take time off due to mental health issues are under 35


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  • "Broadway Events joined the AEO on the Enterprise Membership. We’ve already taken advantage of the many benefits including the excellent FaceTime Masterclasses and training guides for exhibitors."
    Emma Barrett
    Broadway Events
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    David Harrison
    PPMA Group
  • "This year, the association has led working groups to address industry issues and put on some amazing events full of insightful content for both organisers and, through the AEOs FaceTime initiative, exhibitors. In addition, the AEO has represented the industry at a Governmental level to raise awareness of the importance of events to the UK economy."
    Paul Byrom
    Upper Street Events
  • "I genuinely believe that if you’re involved in organising events you should become a member of the AEO."
    Simon Kimble
    Clarion Events
  • "Our membership of the AEO represents real and tangible value for UBM - it provides fantastic networking opportunities, practical training for our team as well as valuable insight into the state of our industry."
    Simon Parker
    Informa Markets
  • "As an Association business, we appreciate the excellent work the secretariat of the AEO do for our community. From the events side of our business, the AEO provides an excellent return on investment, providing thought leadership, fantastic networking, brilliant awards, excellent research and FaceTime, a valuable tool to tell our markets why exhibitions and events should be an essential part of the marketing mix."
    Neil Felton
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    Stephen Brooks
    Mack Brooks Exhibitions
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    John Whitaker
    Vice President Marketing, Data & Digital , dmg events
  • "We have the opportunity to contribute positively to the industry as well as gaining valuable insight and advice. There’s no need to spend valuable time and money reinventing the wheel when you have so many experienced professionals in AEO membership to learn from”
    Emma Cartmell
    CHS Group
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    Sharon Azam
    GovNet Communications
  • I just wanted to send my most sincere thanks for everything that you and the AEO team are doing to help navigate the events industry through the pandemic. The working groups and communication from the AEO have been excellent and I’m really appreciative of being part of such a wonderful organisation.
    Simon Burns
    ICHF Events
  • I think what the AEO has been doing during this tough time has been exceptional.
    Greg Cherry
    QD Events LTD
  • It is so useful to hear from your peers at this time. Please pass my thanks to Ruth and the BTIG panel
    Dan Assor
    CloserStill Media
  • Just wanted to thank you and Ruth this morning for the Zoom meeting - it was really interesting to hear how things are moving along in the virtual/hybrid meeting/exhibitions. All very new to me, so a lot to digest.
    Maureen Wright
    Optic UK
  • The session this morning was fantastic. We are right in the midst of this and the information was so useful. We can apply it immediately
    Claire Adams
  • The AEO provides an opportunity to make a difference, to work with other companies for the good of the industry as a whole, but beyond that, it provides it’s members with valuable insight and tangible benefits to grow your business, upskill and engage your teams. For those reasons, our membership is in indelible ink on the each annual budget. In short, if you aren’t a member, you are missing out.
    Ed Tranter
    73 Media




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