Photography by: The Benevolent
The Benevolent, the UK drinks industry charity, has promoted the safeguarding of employees mental health, coinciding with World Mental Health Day on 10th October, a day for global awareness, education and championing against the stigma of mental health.
As a continuation of their campaign Not Alone, The Benevolent have launched eight recommendations to further awareness of mental health in the drinks industry, and to promote the importance of safeguarding:
The Benevolent have ensured that both large and small organisations can implement these recommendations. On their website, mental health advice sheets are free to read and download, offering detailed information and guidance on different aspects of mental health including addiction, depression, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. These fact sheets also aim to encourage colleagues to talk about their difficulties and ask for help when they need it.
Mental Health First Aid training courses are an important factor in The Benevolent's campaign. These courses are internationally recognised and are a practical step to increase awareness of mental health. They're designed to teach employees how to recognise the signs of mental health, to listen, to respond and guide a person towards further support.
The charity's helpline also offers employees of the drinks industry free professional counselling advice. For those experiencing mental health difficulties, call on 0800 915 4610.
The Benevolent encourage organisations in the drinks industry to put the above steps into place, which includes promoting their #NotAlone message in staff areas and promoting awareness by ensuring material is accessible, such as the helpline number and advice sheets.