NABS operates a free and confidential helpline for media and advertising professionals
Newcastle marketing and media professionals have expressed their excitement and pride as NABS launches its North East Committee.
NABS is an advertising and media charity that has been around for over 100 years and provides support to industry players.
The group already has several committees in London, one in Manchester and one in Edinburgh, but has now launched an additional committee in the North East.
A launch event for the new committee took place at Tyne Bank Brewery in late April with the participation of many local industry representatives.
Kate Harris, regional director of NABS, said NewcastleWorld“We provide emotional support to people who are going through a difficult time, who are suffering from stress.
“There are several of them [of stress] around right now with everything that’s happened in the last two years.
“We provide all the necessary support, from cognitive behavioral therapy to coaching, to gain resilience in professional life.
“We also organize masterclasses and provide support for working parents.
“It’s there for anyone in the industry who has a problem.
“They can pick up the phone, talk to us, and they’ll help you find a solution to this problem.”
NABS operates a free, confidential helpline with people who understand the media and advertising industry on the other end of the line.
Kate said she was often faced with questions about why an industry-specific helpline was needed.
To these questions, she answered: “It can be a very precarious job, there are very high highs and very low lows.
“He is sensitive to what is happening in the world. In times of economic crisis, marketing, advertising and media budgets are often the first to be cut.”
At the launch event in Newcastle, local industry experts gave speeches and a marketing-themed quiz with prizes including international rugby tickets and a tour of the Tyne Bank Brewery took place.
Rachael Jordan from Mayborn Group was in attendance and said: “It has never been more important to have a service like NABS.
“Especially in the North East where the marketing industry, I think, is very tight-knit, so the power of events like these can carry a long way and can help a lot of people in our industry.”
Participants also heard from Hannah Beecham, Founder and CEO of Red January – a national movement encouraging people to tackle mental health issues through exercise and physical activity.
She said: “It’s great to see people coming out and reconnecting in such a positive way and we want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.”
Bonded Agency’s Steve Underwood added his plans to support the new North East Committee.
He said: “We hope to run a few events a year to start raising awareness for such a great cause.
“Supporting mental health in our industry and I’m very proud to be a part of it.”
Those wishing to support the North East Committee of NABS can first start by publicizing the work of the charity and seek to help raise funds for the group down the line.
Learn more about NABS here.