Mental health and money top worries says Ben report

Published:  20 July, 2018

Working age people in the motor industry are contacting Ben in increasing numbers due to financial concerns and mental health challenges according to the charity’s Impact Report for 2017-18 87% of those who contact the organisation to discuss low income, anxiety and depression are in work, according to the latest issue of the annual study.

Other reasons why people contacted Ben for help were varied; from bereavement to redundancy and debt to loneliness. During the year, Ben helped people in need access over £865,000 worth of benefits that they were entitled to. Ben also organised counselling sessions for 151 people with issues including depression and anxiety. As part of its support offering, Ben also helped people in a number of other ways, including organising emergency food and shelter payments, helping them to manage income as well as supporting them through loneliness and relationship breakdowns.

As the automotive industry is predominantly male, there was an obvious gender split, with 61% men and 39% women contacting Ben for support.

The report also outlines that, thanks to the continued support from both companies and individuals in the industry, Ben’s fundraising income totalled an impressive £4.23m.

Zara Ross, Ben’s Chief Executive, said: “We’re very proud to be sharing our annual Impact Report for 2017-18 which outlines the biggest health issues that people working in our sector are facing, as well as highlighting Ben’s impact on peoples’ lives. The report also shows how we have partnered with companies to support the wellbeing of their people. “

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