Support for HR

"Mental Health costs businesses between £33b and £42b per year, due to sickness and staff being less productive"

According to Mind, the UK mental health charity, approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. HR professionals and line managers are by no means immune to mental health situations. 

Recognising signs of stress and overload is key to supporting your team.

Early intervention can minimise the effects of stress and poor mental health, so it is critical HR professionals are able to recognise signs that their staff are struggling and be prepared to encourage them to take the next step. 

Mental Health Toolkit for Employers

Be familiar with signs of stress and overload in yourself and others, these include: 

  • sleep problems
  • trouble concentrating
  • headaches, stomach aches, neck, shoulder or back pain
  • heart palpitations
  • lack of energy
  • irritability
  • withdrawing from family and friends
  • frequent crying or tearfulness
  • drinking, eating or smoking more than usual
  • lower productivity

Case Studies - HR supporting Mental Health at work

The Event Industry HR Working Group were trained by Mental Health First Aid England, and are all now Mental Health First Aid Champions. 




Training your line managers will enable them to support their work forces and make sure they know who they can turn to. 



Mental Health First Aid Training


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anxiety UK
Centre for MH

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  • "Great day hosting our first AEV working group event!..WOW did I learn a lot and some great insights into how other venues work and the challenges they are trying to overcome. If you are a venue looking to network with other like minded professionals I would recommend looking at joining the AEV".
    Danielle Worker
    Corporate Events Team Leader, Silverstone Circuits Ltd
  • "“Great essential for a successful venue. The AEV provides a platform to establish consistent best practice in this field"
    Phil Wetz
    Retail & Catering Manager, ExCeL London
  • “The AEV provides collective representation for its member venues, turning individual commitment into a group effort"
    Paul Brough
    Venue Health & Safety Manager, Olympia London
  • "Proud to be part of this Cross Association discussion. I am confident in our ability to improve and progress our working platform through conversation".
    Amir Vered
    Head of eForce and IT, Olympia London (Chair of Cross Association Technology WG)
  • “The AEV is essential to the venue sector’s ability to cooperate and collaborate"
    Jazmin Beale
    Head of Marketing & Communications, Olympia London
  • “The AEV undertakes crucial work on behalf of event venues up and down the country to ensure our voice is heard. They reinforce the important role our sector plays in delivering economic impact, increasing trade, providing jobs and driving the visitor economy.”
    Lucy Merritt
    Head of Marketing and Communications, ExCeL London
  • AEV Membership is a key part of our business strategy; it has and will continue to be a core elements of our plan to support knowledge sharing in the industry and to develop both our team and the venue.
    Kate Vandenburg
    Marketing Director - Business Design Centre
  • Our team at ACC Liverpool feel indebted to the substantial work that the AEV do for our amazing industry. As the pillar association for venues across the country it’s a real privilege for our teams to participate in many of the working groups, learning and contributing to new processes which helps drive our industry forward on a national scale.
    Colm Graham
    Senior Exhibition Account Manager, ACC Liverpool
  • We have benefited hugely from all of the insight, discussion, events and networking, but it has also meant that we have been able to give back to the industry by sharing our unique experiences and professional knowledge and allowing our employees to help lead and shape the Association from the inside.
    Mathew James
    Head of Brand, Telford International Centre
  • “The AEV has been an invaluable asset to us as a company and the wider industry, helping to lobby on the industries behalf, consolidating and distributing information and facilitating vital knowledge sharing.”
    Charlie Hodgson
    Managing Director at The Kia Oval