Event Managers: is the event industry affecting your mental health?
13th November 2019
We all know that mental health has become a hot topic, but do you feel supported as an event manager? The effects that mental health is having on event managers is becoming a high priority, with event management being rated the 3rd most stressful job in the UK. 38% of event professionals experience a period of mental illness in their career (Eventwell, 2019).
It has been stated that more working days across Britain are lost due to mental health issues. This could be because mental health has an influence on our emotional, psychological, and social well-being, changing how you think, feel and act. How we handle stress, relate to others and make choices can all be affected by our mental state (Mental Health, 2019). As awareness of mental health continues to grow, more people are now willing to open up about their struggles. There has been an increase in media awareness around mental health showing people, it is ok, not to be ok. As an event manager do you feel you are able to open up and talk freely about your issues?
How do you know if you’re suffering?
The three main triggers of mental health disorders within the industry are:
Stress – are you aware of the amount of pressure being placed on you? This could be causing you chronic stress and have an impact on your physical wellbeing.
Anxiety – do you have a good work life balance? Taking on too much could lead to unreasonable levels of anxiety which increases the risk of panic attacks.
Depression – do you find yourself increasingly absent from work? Depression is complex and we can all find ourselves being bogged down from everyday life, leading to more time off work or in extreme cases suicidal thoughts.
These three main triggers were identified by RightAngle who also found that over one-third of event professionals say that they have had time off due to these effects. 65% of people say that mental health issues have increased in the events industry within the past five years (Hookings, 2019). Are you one of the 33% suffering?
Do you need to seek help?
RightAngle recently conducted a survey around the support offered within the events industry. They found that the most common issue was the lack of industry education provided, they now offer support for those who work in the event industry. A lack of educational knowledge on mental health shows that managers have little to no experience in dealing with these issues. Offering coaching and training to all line managers can provide greater support for everyone.
If you find yourself experiencing stress, anxiety or depression, there are charities out there to help, such as:
How can you be sure you’re taking care of your well-being?
Mental health is an issue which should be addressed in every place of work. This blog highlights that many event professionals suffer with mental health illness and the majority feel that they are unable to seek help. Many organisations are now realising they need to do more, and they are now offering confidential helplines for their employees to use. RightAngle have also made the recommendation to the industry that every workplace has a fully trained Mental Health First Aider.
Here are some steps you can take to ensure that you are not overloading yourselves with the pressure of the industry:
Take the time to rest– we all know that life as an event manager could mean some series hours however, having a work life balance will ensure you are reducing your risk to mental health issues.
Be aware of your workload– many event professionals overload themselves, taking on too much work especially during peak times but be careful not to burn yourself out.
A healthy body is a healthy mind– we all know working 70-hour weeks on some occasions might be needed however, it is important to keep your body healthy for your mind to follow.
Times are changing and so is the way people are looking at mental health. Speaking about mental health should be accepted. If you’re struggling with mental health, please seek help via:
Are you taking care of your mental health and that of your employees? Please let us know in the comments below.