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 event and every business, in line with our vision “To make tangible change to the Event Industry’s relationship with wellbeing”.
We are calling for all ‘Event & Creative Businesses and Organisations’ to talk openly about mental health in the workplace and at events. To create safe environments where team members won’t be afraid to ask for support when needed, and will thrive in both work and life.
The sustainability of the Event Industry depends on improving how we approach mental health, as annually mental ill health is affecting ‘one in six‘ people in work, but ‘one in three‘ event professionals.
EventWell is championing a bold new call for event leaders to strive for an improved understanding and commitment to workplace wellbeing as outlined below in our manifesto.
In signing up to the EventWell manifesto I/we recognise that:
Everyone has mental health! – CEOs, leadership teams, team members. Mental ill health does not discriminate, therefore every organisation needs to stand up, tackle stigma, end discrimination, enforce positive culture, and prioritise mental health in the workplace.
We need to build safer, diverse and inclusive workplaces and events that lead to happier and healthier working environments, where people feel free to bring their whole-selves to work.
We need to treat mental and physical health equally in the workplace and at events, and strengthen how mental health is supported – every employee has a right to mental health first aid just as they do physical first aid.
We need to progress to integrating the mental health and wellbeing of our audiences throughout all the components of an event, putting this at the heart of event design and delivery and the customers we serve.
Event businesses and employers need to turn mental health awareness into positive action, and develop a ‘whole organisation’ approach to workplace mental health and wellbeing, by implementing the ‘six core standards’ set out in the ‘Thriving at Work Review 2017‘.
- 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 when employees are struggling
- Provide your employees with good working conditions
- Promote effective people management
- Routinely monitor employee mental health and wellbeing
You will need the permission of your employer or the senior leadership team before signing the manifesto on their behalf.
Once your business has signed the EventWell Manifesto we’ll support you by training a member of your team to be an EventWell Champion, who will work with us to help you implement all of the above.