The theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Day is suicide and suicide prevention. Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more who attempt suicide (Samaritans Suicide Statistics Report, 2019). Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.
With stats indicating that the role of the event planner has consistently been voted 6th most stressful profession in the world, (The Annual Career Cast Survey, 2019) and 67% of people believing that a company’s pro-active stress management approach will impact their future job choices (Stress Matters, 2019); this is a topic that needs to be understood better and discussed more by the event industry to ensure its future success.
The panel provided an opportunity to raise awareness of the fact that we all have mental health and should advocate against the stigma that surrounds mental health issues in the workplace and beyond. Hosted by Sarah Mayo – Co-founder of POINT3 Wellbeing and graced by some amazing speakers and experts:
- Amelia Shepherd, managing director TRO
- Dan Strachan, mental health ambassador, Richmond Borough Mind charity
- Dr Kat Lederle, global sleep expert and author of ‘Sleep Sense’
- Mark Sandford, Co – founder of the Book of Man
Amelia Shepherd, Managing Director of TRO, said: “Thank you to our fantastic panel of experts for sharing personal stories and insight on the subject of wellbeing and mental health and why it matters to them. We were delighted to welcome local businesses from around Richmond, as well as other clients and guests of both TRO and POINT3 Wellbeing to experience a rich and informative discussion in recognition of World Mental Health Awareness Day. The panel discussed personal experiences and organisational priorities relating to mental health within the events industry and beyond. We shared ways that leaders and employees can deploy preventative measures to ensure the workplace is a safe space for its employees; as well as overall health and wellbeing best practices.”
Nicky Morgan, Co-founder of POINT3 Wellbeing, added: “Thank you to everyone who took the time out of their busy schedules to attend the event and for helping to raise awareness of mental health in their workplaces. The panel discussion was so insightful and generated very valuable discussion with the audience. We are co-hosting Mental Health First Aid Training at TRO on 20th and 21st November.