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The Benevolent presents ‘safeguarding mental health’ recommendations

Published:  10 October, 2018

The Benevolent has presented its first set of recommendations designed to help safeguard the mental health of employees’ in the UK drinks trade.

Presented today to coincide with World Mental Health Day, which focuses on global mental health education, awareness and advocacy against social stigma, the recommendations follow a report by the charity that underlined the current health difficulties experienced in the trade.

The Benevolent said it believed the recommendations would have a “huge impact” on companies operating in the UK drinks industry and would move the trade closer to its “ultimate goal” of a stigma free environment in the workplace.

“The stigma is gradually being lifted and the conversation is opening. The words are turning into actions. There is still a long way to go, but the reception of the initiative by this wonderful trade demonstrates a real desire to deliver help and comfort to those who are facing mental health difficulties,” said CEO Chris Porter.

Several companies in the industry have decided to take a leading role in raising awareness about mental health by publicly endorse these recommendations.

The level of support from the industry this year was proof of the commitment to address the daily issues faced by colleagues who no longer needed to suffer in silence, he added.

As part of the initiative, this year also saw the launch of The Benevolent’s first mental health campaign #NotAlone.