Words by: Sammy Hemmings
The Benevolent, the UK’s drinks industry charity, partners with Hospitality Ulster and The BEN to expand the support for mental health difficulties across the nation.
From 29th August, colleagues from the Scottish and Northern Irish drinks industry will have access to The Benevolent’s counselling helpline. The free, confidential helpline was launched in 2017, which provides professional advice for those experiencing mental health issues, be it a single telephone call or multiple sessions.
The CEO of The Benevolent, Chris Porter said, “The helpline is now a cornerstone of our welfare operations, providing immediate relief for those colleagues who need to talk to a trained counsellor.”
Employers or employees in the drinks industry seeking help and advice are offered counselling sessions through the helpline, which are entirely funded by The Benevolent, he added.
The ongoing #NotAlone campaign is at the heart of these charities, encouraging those in the drinks industry to speak up about their mental health issues. And through this partnership, those in the trade will be reminded that a brilliant centralised support system is available nationwide.
Colin Neill, Chief Executive of Hospitality Ulster said, “Mental health has long been a taboo subject, but not anymore and our message is very clear; you are #NotAlone. If you work or have previously worked in our industry, The Benevolent is here to help with free and confidential support.”
If you’re in the trade and experiencing mental health difficulties then the helpline offers professional counselling. Call on 0800 915 4610.