23 Jun 2024
The voice of the independent garage sector

Ben offers suicide prevention online support and training

Ben recently launched a month-long campaign centred on suicide prevention. A new section dedicated this has been launched on the charity’s website, offering up downloadable resources, contact details for further support and information on training and services for employers.

126 people die by suicide in the UK every week, 74% of them being being male. With the UK automotive industry having a 80%/ 20% male/ female split, the sector could have a greater risk and vulnerability to suicide than in other industries.

In 2022, Ben supported 303 individuals who disclosed they were having suicidal thoughts. Meanwhile, around seven employers each year contact its Urgent Response Service after an employee has taken their own life.

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: “Research and statistics should give us cause for concern in our industry, coupled with the fact we currently have more people than ever requesting support. This is why it’s crucial to raise awareness about loss of life through suicide, as it’s a difficult topic to broach. We want everyone in our industry to know that Ben is there for them and urge people to get in touch for support if they’re struggling or in crisis.

“If you work, or have worked, in the automotive industry please get in touch now if you don’t feel you can cope or if you’re at breaking point. You can contact our free and confidential helpline.”

To access the new suicide prevention support available from Ben, visit: www.ben.org.uk/suicideprevention