UK Event Wellbeing Week (EventWell) is an initiative launched by a group of event professionals to raise awareness of mental health issues in the sector.
The campaign follows on from a 2016 survey that cited a career in events as the fifth most stressful job, with one in four experiencing a mental health issue every year.
The inaugural EventWell is scheduled to run for four days starting on 18 September at No 4 Hamilton Place in in Mayfair, London. It comprises an introduction to the campaign, a yoga session and healthy breakfast on the venue’s terrace.
Industry associations and key players in the sector are backing the campaign. Association of British Professional Conference Organisers (ABPCO), Hotel Booking Agents Association (HBAA) and International Live Events Association (ILEA) have already started raising the topic within their membership.
Trade association Business Visits and Events Partnership (BVEP) endorses the initiative and has sent an event wellbeing survey out to its stakeholders.
“There was an overwhelming response by the partnership to support this initiative at the last meeting,” said Samme Allen, BVEP vice chair. “Already our partners are reaching out to their membership to disrupt and create positive impact around wellbeing and mental health.”
Support and resources
The EventWell campaign also comprises a website featuring an online wellbeing survey, blog and news articles, useful guides and resources to support event professionals.
The website includes a dedicated support line and email for individuals looking for confidential help and support.
Events scheduled to take place during the week include wellbeing debates and sessions with #EventPlannersTalk, EventHuddle, Event First Steps and Eventprofs Who Lunch (EWL).
Also in the programme is a boot camp and picnic education session with ILEA, a book launch and a series of mental health and stress management talks by experts.
“We are encouraging all individuals and organisations to get involved and back the EventWell campaign,” said Helen Moon, Eventwell co-founder and EWL managing director.
Moon said that early findings from the current survey have indicated the importance of launching an event such as teh EventWell campaign. She said: “Coming together as an industry is imperative to raising awareness, ending stigma and ensuring that as many people as possible are educated on how to spot the early warnings signs of ill health, both mental and physical.”
All event professionals, individuals, associations and organisations can support the campaign by sharing best practise, committing to change and taking part in the campaign week itself by hosting an event.