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Ben launches automotive mental health training programme

Date: 04 December 2017

Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry, has launched a new mental health training programme.

The charity will work in partnership with employers to raise awareness about mental health - including managing mental health in the workplace - and provide practical tools for individuals.

The programme includes a full day's training for managers to help them support employees and a series of short employee masterclasses to enable them cope with life's challenges. The courses are designed specifically for people working in the automotive industry and the training has already been successfully provided to some of Ben's partners.

The new service is in direct response to increased demand for mental health-related help from people in the automotive industry. Ben received a 78% increase in requests for help during 2016-17 compared with 2015-16.

Ben's focus on training is also in response to the growing need for mental health-related support for employers and employees as outlined in the recent government report, 'Thriving at Work: a review of mental health and employers'. The report states that the UK faces a significant mental health challenge at work and that 300,000 people with a long-term mental health problem lose their jobs each year.

Jools Tait, business development director at Ben, said: "Our aim is to support the people working in the automotive industry with any mental health challenges they face, as well as providing the training needed by their managers so they know how to support them. We believe that, through BenTraining, automotive businesses will benefit from reduced absence and improved productivity in their workforces.

"According to our figures, we have seen a big increase in demand for help with mental health issues from those working in our industry over the last year. We are therefore responding to this growing need by providing this important training service, as part of our new Ben4Business programme. We are committed to developing the relevant services needed to prevent people from suffering in silence as well as help them remain resilient to the challenges that life brings."