We all have mental health. We fluctuate between thriving, functioning, struggling and being ill.
Our research (2017) identified that 1 in 3 event professionals will suffer from a period of mental ill health each year, so it’s hugely important that we unite as an industry to make tangible change that is backed by the messaging, vision and values of #EventWell, and we can all do this by working through the ‘EventWell Five Step Plan’.
People with mental ill health, including common conditions and severe mental illness, can – with the right support – thrive at work.
A government commissioned report ‘Thriving at Work‘ in 2017 outlined six core standards, giving a framework for a set of actions that can be quickly implemented.
- Produce, implement and communicate a mental health at work plan
- Develop mental health awareness among employees
- Encourage open conversations about mental health and the support available
- Provide employees with good working conditions
- Promote effective people management
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing
The EventWell 5 Step Plan will help you implement the above six core standards. Your most important asset is your people, why wouldn’t you invest in their happiness at work? It’s not just great for the people who make up your business, it’s great for your bottom line too!
STEP 1: Every Mind Matters | NHS
Workplace wellbeing starts with YOU!
Lead by example and start thinking differently about your own physical, mental and emotional health, and your overall wellbeing – you don’t need to wait until you are struggling!
We are proud to have teamed up with Public Health England and fully support their Every Mind Matters campaign supporting self-care for better mental health, encouraging adults to be more aware of their mental health and help them discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.
The campaign provides useful resources to help you spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offering practical self-care tips and guidance, and explains when to seek further support.
Their free NHS approved online tool helps you build an action plan to deal with stress and anxiety, boost your mood, improve your sleep and help you feel more in control.
STEP 2: EventWell Manifesto
EventWell is calling for an Event Industry where the mental health of all its event professionals is supported and protected. An Event Industry where wellbeing is at the heart of every business and every event, in line with our charitable aim “To make tangible change to the Event Industry’s relationship with wellbeing”.
STEP 3: Employer Pledge | Time to Change
We are proud to have teamed up with Time to Change and fully support and endorse their Employer Pledge.
When you sign up to the Employer Pledge – a free service and 12 month programme – you demonstrate your commitment to change how we think and act about mental health in the workplace and make sure that employees who are facing problems feel supported.
By signing the pledge and working on your workplace action plan you will join a growing movement of more than 1,300 employers in England, across all sectors, from FTSE 100 companies and leading retailers, to Government departments and local authorities.
Listen to Time to Change Programme Manager, Andrew Berrie, speaking about the Employer Pledge Programme during Event Wellbeing Week 2019.
Schedule a day and time for an EventWell speaker or expert – experienced in the world of events and trained in areas of wellbeing, stress management, mindfulness, and mental health first aid – to visit you and your team, in your workplace, for an informative talk, informal team chat or bitesize workshop.
There are 16 informative bitesize mental health and wellbeing topics for you to choose (and you’d be achieving the ‘Thriving at Work’ core standard number three!).
Our campfire and workshop formats help to foster group discussion and peer-to-peer learning, and they are proven to improve engagement.
“Just wanted to pass on my thanks to Helen for the session yesterday, but more specifically how open she was with us, a bunch of strangers! It was really refreshing to hear her speak so openly and realistically about her struggles and triumphs.”
“Thank you Helen for highlighting the little things that we can be aware of during the day that effect our health and how to train ourselves to be mindful of them (eg break/walk every half hour, breathing breaks etc)”
Central to any wellbeing programme is one thing: TRAINING.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training with Balancing Edges encourages people to talk freely about mental health, reducing stigma and creating a more positive work culture.
By embedding MHFA training in your organisation you can;
- give people the tools to keep themselves and their colleagues healthy
- encourage them to access support when it’s needed, for a faster recovery
- empower people with a long term mental health condition to thrive in work
- stop preventable mental health issues arising by building a supportive culture
- drive positive, long-term cultural change across your organisation
- significantly reduce the costs associated with mental ill health
Our training is developed by MHFA England and delivered in partnership with Balancing Edges (and MHFA England instructor). We schedule courses at assorted venues in London and can also deliver training in your workplace to groups.
“Excellent course! Really well paced and engaging delivery”
“I would recommend you and the course to anyone – thank you!”
“Overall great and very enlightening”
“Learned a lot of useful tips and techniques that will come to seem like common sense”
“Overall very helpful and friendly. Content useful for both personal and professional life”
“Really appreciated the personal examples – made what you were talking about hit home more and seem more real and tangible”
The Five Ways of Wellbeing
These key lifestyle choices to improve mental health were first summed up by the New Economics Foundation in 2008, using global evidence-based research.
CONNECT = Connect with the people around you; family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Think of these relationships as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them.
BE ACTIVE = You don’t have to go to the gym. Simply take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life.
TAKE NOTICE = Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will hep you appreciate more.
KEEP LEARNING = Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a new responsibility at work. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
GIVE =Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer. Linking yourself and your happiness to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding.
Action for Happiness GREAT DREAM – Ten keys to happier living:
Action for Happiness, a not-for-profit organisation who describe themselves as a ‘movement of people taking action for a happier and kinder world’, launched in 2011 with the aim of reducing mental ill health.
As part of the launch, positive psychology expert Vanessa King led the development of the evidence-based 10 keys to happier living, the acronym for which is GREAT DREAM.
GIVING = Do things for others
RELATING = Connect with people
EXERCISING = Take care of your body
AWARENESS = Live life mindfully
TRYING OUT = Keep learning new things
DIRECTION = Have goals to look forward to
RESILIENCE = Find ways to bounce back
EMOTIONS = Look for what’s good
ACCEPTANCE = Be comfortable with who you are
MEANING = Be part of something bigger
For any questions and more information on the ‘Five Step Plan’ use the contact form below to get in touch.