PUTTING ON A BRAVE FACE? #NOTALONE
1 in 4 of us will experience mental health issues this year. We know it takes a huge effort to grin and bear it, but you are #notalone. Talking to someone can be the first step towards recovery. We are hear to help. Mental health is like physical health; we all need to look after it. Yet we know it can be difficult to share how you feel with others - you may worry about what people will think. But the stigma around mental health is gradually breaking down, and we are here to talk about it and to help you in any way we can. Research shows that 8 out of 10 people who talk to someone about how they are feeling find it helpful - it can be the first steps towards recovery. You are #notalone! The campaign aims to encourage members of the trade to speak freely about mental health issues within the workplace, creating a stigma-free environment, reminding both employers and employees that The Benevolent is here with professionals at hand who can help you. Mental health is a crucial topic. The Benevolent has decided to be part of a social movement aimed at changing the perception of mental health difficulties and advocating for a stigma-free conversation in the workplace. For this reason, to complement the launch of the Charity's campaign #NotAlone, The Benevolent has commissioned a survey addressed to the current members of the UK drinks industry, aimed at:
Outlining current mental health difficulties experienced by members of the UK drinks industry
Discovering existing HR policies to support employees with mental health difficulties
Understanding practices adopted by employers if a specific policy is in place
The survey has been commissioned to Wine Intelligence, the global company dedicated to supporting wine businesses and associations through consulting, branding & market research. The survey is anonymous and strictly confidential. The individual answers will not be linked to any personal information such as your name or email address. The Benevolent is your trade charity and they provide help and support to current and former employees of the drinks industry, people like you, and your immediate family. Since 1886, they've been supporting colleagues facing a variety of difficult circumstances. Information has been taken from The Benevolent's website (www.thebenevolent.org.uk), for further details or to contact them please visit their website.In recognition of your support and the time taken to complete the survey, our generous supporters Victoria and Caspar Bowes of Bowes Wine have offered a Gold Membership with the Daily Drinker Wine Club. For the last decade The Daily Drinker has been introducing wine lovers to new grape varieties, regions and countries, giving its members a real taste for knowledge. The gold membership entitles the lucky winner to receive a case of 6 bottles delivered every 3 months for a year. The value of this incredible prize is £290. The drinks industry can be a tough environment. Long hours, lack of sleep, stress, sometimes money or relationship worries and the easy access to alcohol can combine to damage your wellbeing. But poor mental health can affect anyone, from any walk of life. The most common forms are anxiety and depression. The number of people who self-harm or have suicidal thoughts is increasing. Eating disorders, phobias, OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and panic attacks are also serious issues. Illnesses such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are rarer, but still affect around 3% of the population.
If you are experiencing any of these conditions or other difficulties, remember that you are #notalone and you can still thrive at work given the right support.