The UK Event Wellbeing campaign drew to close last week with many players in the industry committing to take action for the wellbeing of the event professionals.
The concern is based on shocking statistics. One in three event professionals will suffer from an episode of mental ill health at some point in their lives and careers, a research by UK Event Wellbeing Week showed. The study also revealed that 75 per cent of responders cited workload and responsibilities as the primary cause of their current stress levels.
Other findings pointed out to workplace hazards causing stress for event professionals, including demands of the job and the support received from managers and colleagues and relationships at work.
The research also identified that workplace pressures causing stress are client expectations and pressure from top management.
What can be done to improve the welfare of event professionals? The Festival and Outdoor Events Show, Festout (27-28 September, Sandown Park) will bring the topic to a panel discussion to be held at The Main Stage powered by The Fair, sponsored by The Ticket Factory.
Andy Lenthall, general manager at Production Services Association, and Penny Mellor, consultant health, safety and welfare at events, take part in the discussion.
The session will discuss and invite audience input on issues from the legal requirements for worker welfare through the extra efforts we should make to ensure worker well-being in the festival environment to the difficult task of opening up the conversation about mental health.
Register to attend and learn about wellbeing strategies for event professionals.