Get Help. Mental Health Campaign.

Join our mission to improve the mental wellness of the industry.

Hospitality Action and Compass are working together with Pladis and the Savoy Educational Trust to encourage the whole industry to have a year-long focus on protecting the mental health of its workers.

Our campaign aims to dispel the stigma attached to mental health problems around the hospitality industry and to provide support to those who need it by equipping operators with the knowledge, resources and tools they need to safeguard against situations that could result in a mental health crisis.

Why we're doing it.

Hospitality can be a challenging industry in which to work, with many factors such as long hours and the adrenaline of service contributing to increased stress levels. HA research in 2018 found that:

  • Four out of five hospitality workers find their job stressful some or most of time.
  • Half describe their job as stressful most or all of time.
  • Four out of five believe stress levels have increased in the past three years.
  • Over half (56%) do not make employers aware of mental health problems.
  • Meanwhile, suicide - already the single biggest killer of men under 45 in UK – has a disproportionate prevalence in the hospitality sector.

Mark Lewis, Chief Executive, Hospitality Action.

“We want to act quickly to provide practical, simple information and tools that are easy to implement and can help break the taboos that surround talking about our mental health. By having Compass, Pladis & The Savoy Educational Trust onboard, we are able to raise the bar further and we hope to reach many more people with our message.”

Robin Mills, Managing Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland.

“As a large employer I believe we can make a positive difference in helping our people as well as our colleagues across the industry in managing their mental health. By raising awareness of this issue and providing access to information, I hope it will encourage people to seek help when they need it - the more that can be done to enable people to speak up and get support, the better.”

What to expect.

We believe that the only way we're going help the industry improve its mental health, is to break down the barriers that prevent us talking about our problems and feelings.

We're working with a panel of industry experts to create resources that help managers and staff open up to one another. You can expect videos, case studies, training courses, help-sheets and even face-to-face events at all the key moments throughout the year.

Everything we do will be added to this page and our blog, so be sure to check back often.

I. It starts with you. Look after your own mental health.

Us. If you're worried about somebody close you, here are some ways to help them.

We. The best performing teams are able to communicate, trust each other and look out for one another.

Resources.

 We have produced a range of resources to help you respond to some of the most common issue that impact people working in our industry.

Featured Resource.

 

Addiction.

An open conversation about addictive behaviours could well be a stepping stone into getting somebody to open up about a deeper issue. Sadly, addiction is common in our industry and the high pressure of the job, a work-hard play-hard culture, long hours and close proximity to alcohol or other substances all play their part.