What has become exceptionally clear since we effectively went into lockdown in March 2020, is that the importance of mental wellbeing is now considered on par with that of physical health.
The month of October has been declared as Mental Health Awareness Month in South Africa with the objective of not only educating the public about mental health, but also to reduce the stigma and discrimination that people with mental illness are often subjected to.
While many of us have lived through this COVID-19 experience these past six months, we will all agree that while it affected us differently in both our personal and professional lives, we have found it challenging and needed family, colleagues and friends to make sense of what is happening around us.
As an Association we have communicated our appreciation, and remain grateful, for front-line workers and their families.
This week’s member communication is dedicated to all our members, their families, their suppliers, and our association partners who have assisted us, as we make our way through this COVID-19 experience.
The event profession, by its very nature, is based on social interactions. Our vibrant Business Events Industry is renowned for its constant evolution. To prosper, we must continuously adapt. Never is this more relevant than in these challenging times. Our industry is also incredibly solution focused. As we start our recovery, we are assured that we will find these solutions.
With all the changes we have dealt with, we urge members to be kind to yourself and if possible, find a spare moment to pause, and take a breath this weekend.
The SAACI Head Office Team