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Mental Health Awareness Week: tell us what you're doing

Mental Health Awareness Week starts today, 13 May and CN wants to know what your company is doing to mark the occasion. If you’re introducing a new scheme or process, providing your team with a one-off activity or anything else, we’d love to know.

Email CN editor Martin Fullard on mfullard@mashmedia.net.

Mental health is something that has been taken very seriously in the events industry, with several campaigns looking to tackle the issue. Right Angle Corporate is conducting a study into the causes of stress, anxiety and depression in the industry. The agency is looking to come up with some practical elements to help with prevention, strategy and training. The results will be published for everyone to access. 

An initial pilot study has shown more than half of industry professionals polled; companies have no procedures in the work place to deal with mental health issues. Furthermore, events industry professionals are going off sick with stress, anxiety or depression but attributing it to some other illness. This indicates the industry still has some way to go to look after our colleagues.

Meanwhile, HBAA has created two courses to enable both members and non-members to train their staff to become qualified mental health first aiders.

The first two-day course will take place from 2-3 May at the Macdonald Windsor Hotel, and the second will be at the Macdonald Burlington Hotel in Birmingham from 20-21 June.

This MHFA England accredited course will give participants a recognised qualification as a mental health first aider, which will be a valuable skill and understanding both in the workplace and also in the wider community.

This is the latest step in the HBAA campaign not only to raise awareness of the huge scale of mental health issues in the hospitality and events industry, but also to enable members to act to prevent problems and address them when they occur.

The HBAA Executive Committee all recently completed this course, learning how to spot signs of imminent issues and how to help.

The campaign is organised by the Mental Health Foundation.