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INDUSTRY FIRST: TravelManagers to provide free mental health support

Travel Weekly are kicking off the start to their week the right way, living it up in beautiful Waikiki at the TravelManager’s annual national conference.

We’ve been sipping mai tais while gazing at palm trees as the sun sets and enjoy the fireworks from the Hilton Hawaiian Village’s great lawn.

Oh, and listening to some A-grade speakers provide Personal Travel Managers (PTMs) with groundbreaking industry knowledge so they can reach their true potential.

The theme of this year’s conference, as we have previously reportedis to encourage PTMs to think about their definition of success.

Because it’s easier to achieve it, if you know what it is, right?

So far, the speakers have emphasised that success comes in many shapes and sizes, depending on the individual, whether its financial success, being well travelled, owning your own business, personal fulfilment through your career, or being part of an enriching community.

But one thing is for sure, without a healthy work-life balance, your chances of reaching whatever your definition of success may be are limited to say the least.

Luckily for PTMs, TravelManagers have been on the case.

On day one of this year’s conference, TravelManager’s executive general manager, Michael Gazal announced during his keynote speech that TravelManagers have formed a partnership with People Sense to provide PTMs with free psychological support.

“Success in life is about being your full potential and we all know that balance is the key,” Gazal told the crowd of PTMs and supplier partners. 

Balance is as much about our mental state as it is the physical and I don’t need to show you the stats on how the lucky country is not so lucky when it comes to mental health issues. Many of us in the room today have been affected by mental health”

One of the things I’m most proud of is despite the remoteness of our network, and the isolation that we share is how much you guys support each other.”

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Gazal said it’s this fantastic support network that is one of TravelManagers keys o success as a company.

“In the lead up to this conference the exec team got together and we thought “how can we help you when things just aren’t working out?”’ he said.

“This year, instead of running a community event, as we normally do at the conference, we’ve decided to invest in our own community and introduce for the first time our very own Network Assistance Program, NAP for short.”

The new program will allow PTMs to access a national network of clinical psychologists for up to six face-to-face, over the phone or via Skype consultations absolutely free.

Because, all though you provide so much support, there are times when you really need professional care and people sense provides just that,” Gazal said.

“The only thing we receive is a report on how often it is used really so we can measure its effectiveness.”

And what we know for sure is that a healthy mind allows you to reach your full potential and be the most successful you can be.”

The Network Assist Program will be available to all PTMs from the first of September.

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