Mental health issues are a mounting concern for those who work in the motor industry.
Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people and their families, has released figures showing a 50% rise in people contacting the organisation about their mental health.
During October to December 2016, mental health concerns accounted for 20% of total enquiries, in comparison to 10% from July to September 2016.
During the quarter, mental health was the second biggest reason why people contacted Ben for help, compared with the previous quarter when concerns about physical health featured the most.
This is believed to be due to increased awareness raised during Ben’s mental health campaign period, from October to December 2016, which culminated in the organisation’s first ever national industry fundraising event, Hats on 4 Mental Health Day.
The Impact report also shows that over half (52%) of requests for help were from people concerned about their finances, an increase on last quarter’s figure, 49%.
During the quarter, Ben’s payroll giving team visited 148 dealerships, delivered 748 presentations to 2,761 employees in the industry, resulting in a total of £26,000 new payroll pledges.
Ben’s thanks go to all those who are supporting the organisation’s work in this way.