Ben fights loneliness for Mental Health Awareness Week

Published:  10 May, 2022

During Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK (9-15 May) Ben is looking to highlight the impact of loneliness, which is a leading causes of mental health issues, and the charity has launched a new ‘Space from Social Anxiety’ program on the SilverCloud platform.

Ben’s recent Health and Wellbeing survey showed that the pandemic has played havoc with people’s connections with others, resulting in higher rates of loneliness. 31% of those surveyed said they experienced loneliness, up from 23% in the previous year. Loneliness saw a major increase in the over 45s, factory workers, and among those who have retired from the industry, while half automotive workers confirmed that they have issues managing their mental health, a rate higher than in the overall population.

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: “If you suffer from loneliness, you are not alone. Our recent survey highlighted the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on the mental health of our community and loneliness and social anxiety have risen sharply over the past twelve months.

“Our industry is one of the most affected by mental health issues, so we want everyone in the automotive community to know that while they may feel alone, they aren’t. We are here, ready to help and support them through whatever challenges life may be throwing at them right now and in the future.”

She added: “Social anxiety and loneliness can be managed and we have a number of ways we can support people who are struggling, including our new SilverCloud program ‘Space from Social Anxiety’. During Mental Health Awareness week, we want to reach out to our automotive family and offer them a helping hand. You don’t have to face loneliness or social anxiety alone.”

To sign up to the SilverCloud Space and access the ‘Space from Social Anxiety’ program, go to: https://ben.org.uk/how-we-help/for-me/articles/silvercloud/?utm_source=S_Indiv&utm_medium=PR&utm_campaign=MHAW22

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