September 2017 was one of the most exhilarating times in my 20-year career as an event professional. I served as co-founder and campaign manager for the first official U.K. Event Wellbeing Week, and it was a game-changer, a chance to engage my passion for promoting better wellbeing and mental health for all event professionals.
EventWell advises and educates event professionals and organisations on how to better look after their personal mental health and to create proactive wellbeing cultures that ensure people feel happy, safe, and secure when they are in the workplace.
Huge steps have been made this year to open the lines of communication, to be transparent and have honest and frank conversations on all matters of health — physical and mental.
But it’s only the beginning. There’s much more to be done. First, we must address the disregard to wellness and mental health that seems to be prevalent in the events industry, in which people believe and are content saying, ‘”This is the way it is – so let’s just get on with it!”
But that’s just not good enough. There is already a movement of opinion on this attitude which is great, and I am looking forward to working with the team at EventWell to drive further change to it, during the second Event Wellbeing Week, next September.
Let’s make 2018 the year that we all start taking the matter of wellbeing and mental health seriously. What will you be doing to get involved?