Take the First Step Towards Your Future this World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day and the global theme this year, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘Make mental health and wellbeing for all a global priority.’ There is no doubt that the world is becoming more attuned to the fact that our wellbeing is impacted as much by our mental health as our physical health, but many still feel that there is a stigma around admitting you need help with your mental health, and there are still a huge number of people out there who are suffering in silence.

Ben, the automotive industry charity, estimates that 1 in 2 automotive workers are struggling with their mental health right now. That’s 50% of our automotive family who are experiencing worry, stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, as well as loneliness.

The impact of a global pandemic and the impending cost-of-living crisis, not to mention the significant changes that are taking place in the automotive industry – a global parts shortage, the shift to EV from combustion engines, the transition to digital rather than in-person customer communications – are all taking their toll on the automotive community, meaning that our industry has been one of the hardest hit by the instability of recent years.

This World Mental Health Day, Ben is encouraging all those in the automotive industry to take the first brave step towards a healthier future and make their own mental health and wellbeing a priority by reaching out to Ben and having the first conversation.

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: “One free and confidential chat with Ben could help you to get back on track – we can connect you with the best tools and services that are tailored to help you to overcome whatever it is you’re facing. Whether it’s signing up to a SilverCloud (CBT) programme, counselling or talking therapies, life coaching or financial assistance, we have a range of services and support designed to empower people to improve their circumstances and face life’s challenges with hope and positivity.

“Everyone deserves to live their best life, and this shouldn’t be something that is brushed under the carpet. Problems that are bottled up can escalate and end up in a state of crisis, so we always recommend sharing your worries with a trusted, friend, colleague or family member – or with us via our free and confidential helpline. Why not make World Mental Health Day the day you decide to prioritise your mental health – the first day in the next chapter of your life – and take the opportunity to make a positive change.”

For tips on how to improve your mental health, visit https://ben.org.uk/how-we-help/for-me/articles/mental-health-tips/

Ben is here for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry and their family dependents. If you would benefit from some support or if someone you know might need us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via our free and confidential helpline: 08081 311 333 or use our webchat at www.ben.org.uk. You can also access Ben’s out of hours text support line by texting BEN to 58258.

For employers who would like to find out more about working in partnership with Ben, or who would be interested in discussing Health & Wellbeing support for employees contact Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben: Rachel.Clift@ben.org.uk.

When any member of our automotive family is struggling or in crisis, we all rally to support them.