As the Manager of a welfare team who carry out support at numerous festivals and outdoor events around the UK, including Brighton events, my core team members and I have been looking at what events will be facing in what's been called the New Normal. The one thing we do foresee is that mental health issues will increase. We already support MH issues that crop up at events from panic attacks to triggered memories to those with PTSD and in some cases complete psychotic breakdowns.
Despite the images of people flocking to the beaches or into pubs,many people are currently anxious about leaving home and attending anything! And when they do start going out, they are going to be wary and may even be triggered into a panicky feeling once at an event. We're looking how to support them and reassure them.
I feel this will apply to event staff as well, particularly if they feel they MUST get back to work due to financial circumstances but mentally, are still walking a tightrope to keep themselves and the vulnerable members of their family/social bubble safe.
I'd love to hear feedback on how people are preparing themselves to get back to work at events and how they are looking after the wellbeing/mental health of staff/crew/employees. How will you feel about interacting with contractors you don't know? How will you be providing safe staff welfare as per H&SWA? How will you be dealing with any customers/audiences that may feel wary or panicky during a show?