Results of study into mental health of eventprofs released and mental health training offered to all to celebrate World Mental Health Day

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By: Hannah Lee | Oct 18, 2021

Stress Matters, in partnership with multidisciplinary researchers from the University of Hertfordshire and Walters Research and Consulting have published the results of their latest research study into the wellbeing and mental health of eventprofs.

Key findings:
• 81% of freelancers have considered leaving the industry in the last 12 months.
• 53% of respondents believed that the business that they work for have taken a more active role in trying to improve their wellbeing in the last 12 months.
• 13% of people have had to take time off work in 2021 due to stress, depression, anxiety or any other mental health illness.
• 81% would put the reputation of a business’s approach to workplace wellbeing in the top five reasons to select a new employer.
• Those working in conferences felt substantially more supported by their employer than those working in exhibitions.

The study was conducted through an online survey and interviews with individuals across the industry in the spring and summer of 2021. The results have highlighted notable changes from pre-pandemic. In 2019, only 13% respondents felt their employer genuinely cared about reducing stress in their job, this has now dramatically increased to 79.5%. An increase of 32% in those who would put the reputations approach to workplace wellbeing impacting their employments choices since pre-pandemic was also seen.

To support the industry and in celebration of World Mental Health Day, Stress Matters has two online courses specifically for Eventprofs - Mental health and stress management for eventprofs course or Designing and delivering mentally safe events. The courses can accessed here. Each course takes around three hours to complete and are recognised by the International Stress Management Association.

The full white paper can be found on the Stress Matters website.

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