Following last years success, Crewsaders returned to the North London Tavern this March with Ratatouille: The John Innis Memorial. The event was delivered alongside top production agency White Light in hope of raising mental health awareness and putting on a night of great music for family and friends of the events community. The electric evening was spent honouring the memory of fellow crewman John Innis, continuing to raise money for Mind as part of John’s legacy and sharing the positive mental health message: it’s ok to not be ok.
It’s easy to understand why some may feel cautious about what information they share with friends, loved ones and colleagues when it comes to the state of their own mental health. Historically mental health is not a topic that would have been openly discussed by many, certainly not by employees or between work colleagues due to fear of judgement, discrimination or ridicule. Despite this, we know that from sources such as Mind charity that at least 1 in 6 workers experience common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in and outside of the workplace.
Whilst the events industry is one of the most openly accepting industries that there is, it is important to recognise that there are still some major challenges to overcome. The majority of workers within the ancillary side of events is largely male skewed in terms of its overall workforce. The Mental Health Foundation states that in England around 1 in 8 men have a common mental health problem but are reluctant to seek support or disclose mental health problems to friends and loved ones. This, in part, leans itself to the fact that social constructs and cultural stereotypes project the impression of how men ‘should’ be perceived and how they ‘should’ act. Arguably it’s also due to the fact that we aren’t yet talking loudly enough about mental health, it’s perceived stigma and the fact that no-one is exempt from the devastation that it can cause. In reality, this is incredibly dangerous and we believe it is our responsibility to be the change we want to see.
The evening was met by a fantastic turnout of crew and events friends who witnessed the hugely talented musicians, Logan J. Parker, Mathias Julius, Black Powder Merchants and Harry Mold set the North Tavern alight! After each act performed their own unique set Camden resident DJ, Steve Strange, saw us out into the early hours with an old school mix of house, R&B, rock and pop. Music and art has always been an integral part of our fabric at Crewsaders, with many of our crew past and present being established musicians in their own right. It is an absolute privilege to have such talent amongst our ranks and we thank all of our acts wholeheartedly for their contribution to this important cause.
We’d like to thank our friends at White Light for providing us with full AV and technical support, the North London Tavern for allowing us to take over their premises (again!), Cambercam for capturing the night in all the best possible ways and for everyone who joined us, donated and made the night such a memorable occasion. To catch a glimpse of our wonderful acts on the night press play and enjoy!
Our fundraising efforts for Mind are ongoing, therefore if you would like to make a donation please head to: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/crewsaders
At Crewsaders we have been looking at ways in which we can make a difference when if comes to Mental Health Awareness because it is a subject close to our hearts and we care about the welfare of our friends and colleagues. Subsequently we invested in staff training at the start of Q1 this year and now have a number of qualified Mental Health First Aiders (MHFAs) in our office team. Our focus will be on rolling out best practice across the whole business to ensure that relevant support, signposting and continual care is accessible and in place for anyone experiencing mental health issues at work.
We hope to encourage and inspire other co-workers, clients and many friends of the events industry to join us in tackling mental health and advocating a brighter and more positive dialogue on mental health awareness within events. Above all, we are committed to keep talking, making noise and making a change for the better – it’s time!