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Event Wellbeing Day 2020

EventWell, the event industry’s resource for mental health and wellbeing advice, has launched its annual mental health and wellbeing campaign for the event industry, #EventWell20 and an Event Wellbeing Day.

The campaign will take place on 26 February, in partnership with International Confex and Mash Media, The PA Show and Forum Events & Media, Balancing Edges, Event Industry News, and Venues + Events Live, supported by the Mind and Rethink Mental Health ‘Time to Change’ campaign team.

#EWD20 will be followed by Event Wellbeing Week #EWW20, which will take place from 21-27 September.

Approximately 20 companies and employers have signed the EventWell Manifesto in the last four weeks. Employers include Capita Travel & Events, Absolute Corporate Events and Venues and Events International and the HBAA.

The EventWell team will be at stand AVG22 in the Association Village Green. Mental health and wellbeing speaker sessions are also planned for the first day of International Confex, and both days of the PA Show.

Helen Moon, managing director of EventWell and founder of Event Wellbeing Week, said: “We are building on the success of the previous three years by encouraging event businesses and organisations to take positive tangible action to address mental health and wellbeing in the workplace, by signing the EventWell Manifesto on Event Wellbeing Day and then spending the following six months, supported by the Time to Change team, preparing to sign the TTC Employer Pledge during Event Wellbeing Week in September.”

Moon highlighted that there is a culture issue within the events industry which leads to “one in three event professionals struggling with mental ill health every year.”

She continued: “Lots is being done by way of training mental health first aiders and introducing wellbeing programmes and benefits which is great. However, what event companies and businesses also need to do is look to incorporate the Government’s ‘six core standards’ identified in the 2017 ‘Thriving at Work’ report, which address workplace culture and lead to safer, diverse and inclusive workplaces that lead to happier and healthier working environments.”