WE CARE hosts, Behind the Scenes- the things that are overlooked – A webinar highlighting importance of Maintaining Mental Well Being
The event provided the industry a platform and discussed ways for managing stress and maintaining mental wellbeing during the current scenario.
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a virtual clamp down on live events across India causing the people-intensive industry to battle unprecedented financial challenges and mental, physical wellbeing issues. Events & Entertainment Management Association (EEMA) through its social vertical We Care in association with The Poddar Foundation, organized a webinar titled, Behind the Scenes- the things that are overlooked. The event provided the industry a platform and discussed ways for managing stress and maintaining mental wellbeing during the current scenario.
Focused towards the members of the Indian Experiential Industry, the webinar was conducted by Ms. Neha Shah, Head Projects - Poddar Foundation. It aimed to offer people with a platform for genuine connection amid uncertainty, encouraging them to field their questions to the experts from the industry, generate mental health awareness amongst them, and strengthen demand for integrated mental health and psychosocial interventions. The talk stimulated people to share their feelings and overcome their fears, anxiety and stress. It also encouraged them to look beyond and ways to cope with situations and remain mentally healthy.
We Care recently launched a special 24/7 helpline number +91 844 844 5168 that has been aimed to collectively address the well-being of all those working in the event industry. It provides a platform for people who are in distress and require any kind of emotional support in these tough times. Ever since this service was launched, it has been receiving multiple calls daily, from distraught employees, live artists and business owners, seeking advice and help related to their issues and wanting to understand the options available to them as they fight the battle for survival. An effort is being made to ensure that the Helpline number is widely publicized on social media platforms by creating impactful videos with the help of industry thought leaders and influencers.
Roshan Abbas, President EEMA said, “Given the present predicament, the industry is fighting hard to cope with pay cuts, forced sabbaticals and loss of jobs and even businesses. Many of us find solace by sharing our lows with friends and family. But, sometimes, we fight shy of sharing them due to our fears of being judged, or because we are worried that people around us will begin to look at us differently, and define us by our problems. While, in some cases, we do not want to share sensitive personal information with even people who are closest to us. Sometimes, we simply may not have anyone to share our distress with. At such times it is important to have access to a silent listener; just speaking about possible courses of action offers us clarity. We through We Care helpline number 844 844 5168, provide non-judgmental listening services to people in crisis situations. This facility is backed by trained counsellors from the fields of psychology, medicine, law, sexual harassment compliance experts and more.”
Poonam Lal, Chairperson, We Care said, “This webinar was an initiative that has been aimed to collectively address the well-being of all those working in the event industry, a platform for people who are in distress and require any kind of emotional support in these tough times.” She added, “The We Care Helpline has been buzzing with calls that border on complex emotions including fear, anxiety, and grief. Sometimes the caller needs a simple regular conversation, or someone to listen without judging when they desperately need to talk about their feelings, sometimes they seek counselling to cope and manage stress, and occasionally, it is the need to not feel alone. This is where we step in offer non-judgmental listening services to people in crisis situations. This service is mostly offered through call-in on a phone line backed by trained counsellors from the fields of psychology, medicine, law, sexual harassment compliance experts and more, so they remain calm and maintain their mental balance.”
Prakriti Poddar, Managing Trustee, Poddar Foundation, said, “Poddar Foundation is all about mental health. Our work revolves around it. I personally believe that mental health and physical health are two sides of a coin and both are extremely important for complete wellbeing. We overlook many things in today's world of rat race. The beauty is not just looking good but feeling good from within. We unfortunately pay attention to the outer beauty and ignore the innermost core which is mental health which actually gives us peace and serenity. I am sure that our session –Behind the scenes – the things that are overlooked,will empower you and equip you to deal with the current situation in a better way and seek help in case of need. I appreciate that EEMA thought of this delicate issue and supported this cause by way of arranging a webinar for their fraternity.”
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