EventWell announces new mental health training courses

EventWell, the event industry’s official resource and charitable social enterprise for wellbeing advice, will launch its new mental health first aid courses during #EventWell19 wellbeing week.

Taking place from Monday 16 to Friday 20 September in London, #EventWell19 is the third annual instalment of Event Wellbeing Week that aims to inform the events industry of the importance of physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.

The new Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course being introduced during the event will provide participants with a qualification in mental health first aiding that they can use in their professional and personal lives.

The course will be delivered by Gavin Percy of Winning Edges. Percy has also run MHFA for the hotel booking agents association (HBAA). Percy decided to specialise in mental health training within the events industry after witnessing first-hand the negative impact that poor mental health had on people close to him.

Winning Edges aims to improve attitudes to mental health in the workplace, in addition to morale, loyalty, productivity and employee wellbeing.

Helen Moon, managing director of EventWell said: “I get asked regularly what change I would like to see in the workplace to assist with increasing levels of mental health issues and stress experienced by event professionals, and my answer has always been to see mental health first aiders in business alongside first aiders. In the very near future, I want to see this as part of an employer’s legal duties under health and safety regulations.

“I am therefore delighted to be working with Gavin and Winning Edges to offer these new open courses and see this as a major move by EventWell to assist employers and businesses to take that serious step towards dealing with mental health issues in the workplace.”

Everyone in the events industry is encouraged to get involved in the #EventWell19 week of workshops, seminars and training session. Find out how you can take part here.