Tackling Mental Ill Health

At least half a million more people in the UK may experience mental ill health as a result of Covid-19, says a forecast from The Centre for Mental Health. Nationally, in England, the organisation predicts that up to 10 million people (almost 20% of the population) will need either new or additional mental health support as a direct consequence of the crisis.

Every one of us has had a unique experience throughout this pandemic and each business is going to have a unique journey back.

The professional home integration sector, specifically, can be an incredibly rewarding industry, but it can also be a pretty stressful one, even without the effects of the global pandemic to consider. 

Many integrators work on their own or in small businesses where it’s difficult to find a work-life balance, especially with work on-site often demanding long hours away from home and the pressure of meeting high client expectations.

In a recent episode of our The Integrated Home podcast, Stuart Lillis from CEDIA member Limitless Automation talked about his own experiences with mental ill-health in the company of James Capell Abra of Stress Matters and presenter, Jeff Hayward.

It was powerful and inspiring stuff.

You can listen to the full 30-minute conversation here:

In the meantime, stay safe and make sure you look after your physical and your mental health.

Getting Itchy Feet?

It is February – a month when for the last 15 or so years, various members of the team at Wildwood would normally be found either pounding the halls at ISE or taking a well-earned break in the ISE Press Office. We would be arranging interviews on booths, prepping for press launches, hustling to get a ticket for CresFest, queuing for the post-show buses or rushing to get to the chemist for copious supplies of plasters – it was always a week of many steps (26,500 in one day was my record) and lots and lots of networking. #ISE2021

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Online Events – How to Avoid a Virtual Calamity

We’ve all had to adapt quickly to virtual working, learning and socialising this year. Honing our collective online dexterity so that we can effortlessly jump into seminars, performances, conferences and even exhibitions – all from the comfort of our homes. While face-to-face interaction and live events will never go away, virtual events offer a great alternative for connecting with industry peers and customers. In the future, hybrid event programmes (a mix of virtual and live audiences) will be commonplace – there’s no better time to learn the ropes!

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A Press Conference with a Twist

In recent months we have seen the cancellation of many exhibitions and events, an unfortunate but understandable consequence of COVID-19. However, this has not stopped us from planning and executing conferences and get-togethers. We are now taking our plans digital. So, how do you attract people to attend your digital events? For our latest press launch we went with cocktails…… well, not just cocktails, the strong message and newsworthy content we had to share was vital but cocktail hour didn’t hurt either.

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