Mental health remains a significant problem across hospitality, according to figures released by the industry’s benevolent organisation, Hospitality Action.
The charity has revealed that over the past three months, views of its anxiety, addiction, stress and depression factsheets accounted for 58% of all factsheet views on its website.
The news follows Jay Rayner’s report on chefs’ mental health in Sunday’s Observer.
Andrew Clarke, head chef of Brunswick House in Vauxhall, London, plans to launch a social media campaign called the Pilot Light, which aims to give professional chefs an outlet to discuss stress-related issues.
The Caterer investigated the the extent of mental health issues within the hospitality industry five years ago in a series of hard-hitting articles over a four-week period for its Open Minds campaign. As well as featuring a number of individuals who suffered from mental illness, it also highlighted those companies that were taking steps to break down the taboos surrounding the subject.
Hospitality Action offers a range of counselling and other support for hospitality professionals suffering stress-related symptoms via its Employee Assistance Programme. Details are available at www.hospitalityaction.org.uk.
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