HBAA rolls out more mental health webinars

HBAA will run further mental health webinars for the travel, event and hospitality industry following strong demand for its first few sessions.

The next webinar, open to members, on Thursday 2 April, will focus on digital detoxing and will be led by Alex La Via, founder of Live More Offline, which offers coaching and training on digital wellness. The webinar will share how healthy digital habits can make a real difference to how we experience life during COVID-19. It will explore practical steps to address four key issues at this time: wellbeing, focus, isolation and sleep.

Alex La Via said: “COVID-19, home working and social distancing make digital wellbeing a vital part of caring for our wellbeing. Many people are feeling the impact of compulsive news checking, blurred lines between home and work, increased screen time and want to know how to create meaningful and nourishing connection over digital platforms.”

During the first webinars, which addressed the mental health impact of coronavirus on people in the industry, registrants received advice on everything from self-care and managing stress to coping strategies for self-isolation and working from home.

Among the participants’ greatest concerns were being disciplined working from home; dealing with uncertainty; having to change coping strategies because the ones that they normally use are not available to them; and coping with increased anxiety levels.

The mental health webinars are part of the HBAA’s mental health campaign which was launched 18 months ago to raise awareness and empower organisations to tackle the growing issue across the sector.

Following the positive feedback on the first two webinars, the HBAA will run another “Self-care and wellbeing” webinar for members on 3 April. This will again be led by Gavin Percy of Balancing Edges who is a Mental Health First Aider and Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Percy will also host another on ‘Dealing with Anxiety and Stress’ on 14 April.

Leigh Cowlishaw, HBAA past chair and board member, who is supporting the initiative, said: “At this time, it is more important than ever for the HBAA to take steps to protect the mental health and wellbeing of our members and the wider industry. The impact of uncertainty on mental health is a long-known cause of anxiety because it makes it difficult to prepare for events and to control them.

Key dates and how to register:

Digital Detoxing – Thursday 2 April at 12:30pm

Self-care and wellbeing – Friday 3 April at 3:00pm

Dealing with Anxiety and Stress – Tuesday 14 April at 11:00am
Registration details will be released in due course.