I’ve been working within the hospitality industry for around 30 years and have seen first-hand the struggles of mental health issues within the trade with work colleagues, clients and friends.
Margins are slim and with an increased focus on saving money, both employers and employees feel the effect of this on their mental health.
Long antisocial hours, tough environmental conditions and pressures to perform are just some of the issues that hospitality professionals are fighting against on a daily basis.
The Burnt Chef Project recently conducted a survey of 1273 hospitality professionals which showed that 8 out of 10 (84%) of respondents had experienced mental health issues within their career and 46% would not feel comfortable talking about their health concerns with their colleagues.
Hospitality staff should be able to discuss the state of their mental health and gain support from their peers and employers. It’s important that although mental health can’t be seen it is regularly discussed and policies reviewed. This should be the new definition of a ‘badge of honour’.
Together we can burn away mental health stigma within hospitality once and for all.