January 23, 2019

Ben shows support for those working in the automotive industry

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Ben is showing support for automotive industry colleagues who are struggling with mental health issues by launching new content and tools to help them.

Ben, the not-for-profit organisation providing advice and support services to the automotive industry, has launched a new tool on its website to help people check and manage their anxiety and stress levels.

The organisation has also revealed some key insights from its work supporting people in the sector – it says mental health issues were the second biggest concern for people within the automotive industry during 2017, accounting for 31% of all contacts to its helpline.

Additionally, the most popular pieces of online blog content on Ben’s website are around anxiety, with over 10,000 views, and depression, with over 5,000 views (April 2017 to April 2018). Anxiety and depression are also regularly in the top five reasons why people seek support from Ben’s helpline.

This year’s Mental Health Awareness Week focuses on stress in particular and questions whether ‘we are coping’. Ben has some useful resources to help people deal with stress, which if not managed can contribute to (or worsen) mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, amongst others.

Zara Ross, chief executive of Ben, said: “This Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to make sure that the people of the automotive industry know we are here for them when they need us. The automotive industry continues to go through a challenging time and this means that, now more than ever, we need to be there for the people who keep it running, day in, day out.

“We are here for employers too and our mental health training in the workplace has proven really popular and effective. At Ben, we are well placed to advise automotive employers of the potential issues currently facing their employees so they can offer the relevant support.”