HBAA has announced that it is the first association to endorse the manifesto launched by EventWell, the event industry’s resource for mental health and wellbeing advice.
This initiative is part of the association’s ongoing focus and strategy on mental health, led by association past chair and board member Leigh Cowlishaw.
HBAA is inviting members and non-members to sign the five-step EventWell manifesto, which calls for an events industry where the mental health of its professionals is supported and protected.
One of the five steps encourages organisations to use Mental Health First Aid training. The HBAA executive committee and board were trained last year and it will be running training for both its members and non-members.
The first training session will take place from 16-17 March at the Park Regis Birmingham. The course, accredited by Mental Health First Aid England, will give participants a recognised qualification to be a Mental Health First Aider.
The HBAA Mental Health event programme also includes a workshop titled ‘Half Full’, which will focus on root causes, emotional triggers and continuous culture in relation to mental health. This event will take place on 12 May in London.
Helen Moon, managing director, EventWell, commented: “We are delighted that the HBAA is leading the association charge by being the very first to sign up to the EventWell Manifesto. This shows a real commitment, in line with and complimented by its event programming and mental health first aid training, to making a positive impact and change to the mental health and wellbeing of not only its members but of the event industry.”