It’s time to take ownership of mental health and wellbeing!
That’s the mental health of your employees, and your own!
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 at some point in their careers, 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: Sign the ‘Where’s Your Head At’ Workplace Manifesto
In their words: “In this world, we’ll talk openly about our mental health at work, we won’t be afraid to ask for support when needed, and we’ll thrive in both work and life. After all, we spend a third of our adult lives in the workplace, and we shouldn’t have to leave our mental health at the door each morning.
The sustainability of our economy depends partly on improving how we approach mental health in the workplace. Annually, mental ill health costs employers up to £42 billion, and the UK economy up to £99 billion, as over 300,000 people fall out of work every year due to mental ill health.”
So, as the ‘Where’s Your Head At?’ campaign celebrates its first birthday, EventWell are championing their bold new call for business leaders in the events industry to strive for a better understanding and full commitment to workplace wellbeing and mental health as outlined in the manifesto.
STEP 2: Take the Time to Change Employer Pledge!
A free service and 12 month programme from Time to Change, when you sign up to the Employer Pledge 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 these problems feel supported.
By signing the pledge and working on your workplace action plan you will join a growing movement of more than 1300 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.
STEP 3. Book an EventWell Team Campfire and/or Speaker Session, and/or #EWBitesize Workshops
Schedule a day and time for an EventWell rep – 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 and informal team discussion or bitesize workshop.
We have 16 informative 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)”
STEP 4: Embed ‘Mental Health First Aid Training‘ into your organisation
Central to any wellbeing programme is one thing: TRAINING.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training with EventWell 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”
STEP 5: Start thinking about and planning your own self-care; for better mental health with ‘Every Mind Matters’
(this also applies at Step 1, 2, 3 & 4)
Lead by example! Get active and make a personal pledge to start taking better care of YOU!
Whatever best suits YOU, it’s time to think differently about your own physical, mental and emotional health, and your overall wellbeing.
EVERY MIND MATTERS
We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health;
‘Every Mind Matters’ encourages 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.
There is a free NHS approved online tool on the Every Mind Matters website, which 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.
To learn more about how to look after your mental health and create your own action plan, visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
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
To sign up to the ‘Five Step Plan’ use the contact form below and we’ll come back to you on email with the information that you need