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Midlands eventprofs invited to discuss mental health

Campaign by Meetings Industry Association will see focus groups discuss mental health, compassion in industry

Businesses in the Midlands are being invited to join a series of focus groups to help raise awareness on mental health in the meetings industry.

The discussions are part of a campaign being run by the Meetings Industry Association (mia), to raise awareness of mental health, compassion and resilience in the events and hospitality sector. Internationally renowned leadership and organisational development expert Roffey Park Institute has partnered with mia to carry out the campaign.

As well as discussing the impact that mental health has on recruitment, staff retention and engagement within the workplace, the three focus groups will give attendees the opportunity to hear what other organisations are doing to build compassionate and productive workplaces.

Michael Jenkins, CEO of Roffey Park said: "Creating more compassionate workplaces should be part of the business strategy of any organization, and the benefits of improving human relationships cannot be understated”.

Attendees taking part in the focus group will be able to contribute to new research and the development of the sector, and the findings will be presented at a one-day event hosted by the mia in November."

Hospitality business leaders in the Midlands have the chance to participate in one of the three focus groups on Tuesday 29 August at the NEC in Birmingham. The sessions will run at 10am, 12pm or 2.30pm, lasting approximately 90 minutes each.

Chief executive of the mia Jane Longhurst said: "We want to ensure we make real progress in making our industry a desirable and rewarding place to work and these focus groups will address what the sector currently does well but also how we can improve."

Roffey Park will also be creating an exclusive one-day workshop for mia members utilising the findings of the study, available from January 2018.

To participate in the focus group, contact Shauna Murray To take part in the confidential survey, visit   

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