HBAA launches mental health webinars in response to coronavirus

On Wednesday 25 March the HBAA will host the first of a series of webinars to help event and hospitality professionals protect their mental health and wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis and beyond.

The initiative is part of the HBAA’s Mental Health campaign to raise awareness and empower organisations to tackle the growing problem across the sector and to support HBAA members during these tough times.

The first 40-minute webinar will feature a range of topics, including how to manage the current pressures of working in the industry, how to cope during self-isolation and tips on working from home, followed by a Q&A.

The session will be led by mental health first aid trainer Gavin Percy, who is MD of Balancing Edges Consultancy, which provides specialist mental health training courses for the industry.

This first live webinar, which will be available for a maximum of 25 HBAA members, will take place twice on Wednesday 25 March, first at 1pm and again at 8.30pm.

To support the wider industry, future webinars in the coming weeks will be made available to non-members too. This will include collaboration with other mental health and wellbeing experts to broaden the subject as well as the reach of delivery.

Leigh Cowlishaw, HBAA past chair and board member who is leading the initiative, said: “It is now more important than ever to act quickly and support our members and the wider industry. We are all challenged right now, both personally and professionally, and we need to ensure that we have support and tool kits to look after ourselves and those around us. This situation is beyond us washing our hands.”

To register for the first HBAA Mental Health webinars, click the links below:

Link for the 1pm session Wed 25th March –

Link for the 8:30pm session Wed 25th March –

The HBAA has also said it is fighting for agencies as the government plans the distribution of its support for the leisure and hospitality sector.

“We’re fighting for the many agencies whose businesses have recently been obliterated to be included as the Government plans the distribution of financial support for the leisure and hospitality sector,” said HBAA chair Lex Butler.

“We’re also going to be announcing a series of highly practical initiatives to provide straightforward assistance for all our members to help them through the cash flow nightmare and the mental health pressures that they are all facing.”

After cancelling its member meetings until the end of May, HBAA is planning a series of initiatives on topics such as ‘How to Apply for Financial Support from Government funds’ and ‘How to Review and Improve your Cashflow’, through bite-size guides and webinars with experts. Further details will be announced shortly.