Hospitality sweethearts 14 February 2020 The couples who make working together and living together a love story
In this week's issue...Hospitality sweethearts The couples who make working together and living together a love story
Read More
Search
The Caterer

Keep an open mind over mental health

08 June 2012 by
Keep an open mind over mental health

For an industry that relies so heavily on a workforce that is tasked with looking after and caring for its guests and customers, how often do hospitality companies really take the time and trouble to ensure that their staff are in the right place, mentally and emotionally, to do their job to the best of their ability?

The tough economic climate has meant that we are all working harder, often for more hours, under the increased pressure of having to perform better all the time. While some people have no difficulty in rising to the additional challenges, for those with a fragile mental state, the burden of having to complete yet another task can be the trigger for a serious mental illness.

The loss to British industry through poor mental health is a staggering £25b a year. To this end, Caterer and Hotelkeeper, backed by leading mental health charity Mind, is today launching the Open Minds campaign to raise awareness of the extent of mental health problems experienced by hospitality professionals.

By sharing the stories of individuals who have experienced mental heath illness, we hope to be able to dispel the stigma attached to these problems. And though our bespoke online survey (www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/open-minds),,) we shall be finding out just how much the working environment within hospitality contributes to poor mental health.

By Janet Harmer

E-mail your comments to Janet Harmer here.

Tabletalk
Tabletalk
If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/tabletalk

Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with Catererandhotelkeeper.com jobs

Blogs on Catererandhotelkeeper.com ](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/blogs) Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-Newsletters](http://www.catererandhotelkeeper.com/email-newsletters.htm)[ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
Â
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!