Never has looking after our wellbeing been more important – two industry experts this month told TTG about how people in travel can access more support.
During the Covid crisis, TTG has placed a renewed focus on mental health and wellbeing, which saw the launch of a dedicated mental health hub in January alongside an industry-wide plea to encourage travel industry professionals to make a mental health pledge for the year.
The hub now features a range of updates and resources to help those in travel find the support they need, to hear inspirational stories from their peers and society at large, and also to make a pledge.
In May, TTG partnered with Abta LifeLine to host Get Travel Talking Week, which features a series of discussions, seminars and activities designed to drive focus on mental health in travel during Mental Health Awareness Week.
For the July edition of TTG, we caught up with two key charities available to help those in travel in need – Abta LifeLine and Aviation Action, which was formed during the early stages of the pandemic.
Over the years, there has been a lot of focus on the environmental part of what is called ESG – environmental social governance. The social agenda, though, has not progressed at the same pace – until now. The pandemic has shone a light on just how important it is.
Mental health, equality, diversity and inclusion have risen up the agenda too. It’s about how we can maximise our value to society while meeting our commercial objectives. These are the companies investors are turning to.
One important social issue is mental health and wellbeing. In May, Abta LifeLine partnered with TTG Media for Get Travel Talking Week; the first time the industry has come together to share experiences, ideas and seek advice. Our community united to talk about mental health with the aim of easing the stigma.
It’s now important to develop the legacy of that week. To keep those conversations going, and when the time is right, as we start to recover, to recognise the opportunities of social impact (and ESG).
Of course, Abta LifeLine does so much more than provide mental health support. It has seen the devastating impact the pandemic has had on travel colleagues so it has been providing vital practical, financial and emotional support to those really struggling. We can be an important part of your social ambitions, helping your staff when they need it most.
If you or if you know anyone that needs our support, please do get in touch. We are here and happy to help – firstname.lastname@example.org
Trudie Clements is director of Abta LifeLine.
Over the past year, the aviation industry has suffered through what many believe to have been its toughest crisis to date. Reading the news, though, might have had you thinking it was our airlines and airports’ balance sheets suffering the most, but as a charity we know the people behind those companies have been the ones in the most need.
Enter Aviation Action – a mental health and support charity, founded in the depths of the pandemic in June 2020 specifically for those in the aviation industry. Over the past year, we have helped hundreds of industry colleagues deal with the impacts of the pandemic by providing personalised mental health and wellbeing support.
What we have achieved in a year far surpassed our expectations and our success is down to the incredible support from the industry, but more importantly our incredible team of volunteers, advisory board and trustees. Each Aviation Action peer support experience brings its own challenges – and its own rewards. Some only need a couple of catch-ups, others appreciate longer-term support.
As a charity, we have seen the fruits of the genuinely life-changing assistance our services provide. One industry professional, for example, was facing potentially long-term mental health problems, but through Aviation Action peer support counselling they were able to regain their wellbeing and return to full-time employment. A true success.
In the year ahead, the charity plans to expand its reach and deepen connections within the industry it was created to support.
Elizabeth Roscoe is social media and communications consultant at Aviation Action.