Mental Health in Clubs


Irregular sleep patterns, difficult boundaries between work and personal life, precarious working conditions and discriminatory behavior while dealing with guests are just some of the challenges faced by club employees, according to the results of seven focus group discussions. In today’s landscape, club employees  are exposed to permanent psychological pressure, which can  have  a negative impact on everyday life and lead to  long-lasting consequences. As of November 2023, there are very few, if any, preventative measures in place to support employees through these issues. The Clubcommission Berlin asks itself how the mental health of nightlife workers can be protected in the future and how the organizational resilience of clubs can be strengthened?

As a funded INQA project and in cooperation with partners such as the Charite Berlin, the German Psychological Academy, the FernUni Hagen and the BGF Coordination Office, the Berlin Clubcommission aims to improve the resilience and well-being of all employees and operators of clubs. Suitable measures and recommendations for action are to be tested in the pilot phase and then offered to all Berlin clubs.

This project will develop targeted psychosocial interventions for seven selected pilot clubs to strengthen both individual employee resilience and the clubs’ organizational resilience, i.e. how can clubs create an environment that better protects their employees from psychological stress and the pressures they face at work.