BEN TACKLES MENTAL HEALTH WITH NEW MENTAL FITNESS CAMPAIGN
November 4 2015.


BEN is launching a series of far-reaching new campaigns designed to raise awareness of key health and wellbeing issues.


The first campaign, which launches this month, focuses on mental fitness and will raise awareness of the charity’s wide range of support services for those struggling with issues affecting their mental wellbeing.

Yvonne Hignell, BEN’s Support Services Director explained: “One in four adults and one in ten children experience mental health problems every year, but it’s not talked about in the same way as physical illness. We want to help remove the taboo associated with mental health issues and encourage anyone who is struggling to ask for help,”

The charity also wishes to help employers raise awareness of the campaign within the workplace and has therefore created a number of free resources which can be requested. These include a series of emails, posters, online resources and a social media campaign which will encourage people to tweet @SpeakToBen if they are experiencing problems.

“While this is not an issue that is unique to the automotive sector, it is vital people know they can call us for free and confidential help, whether for themselves, their partners, children or friends,” Yvonne continued. “Employers too often struggle with how best to support employees who may be affected, so we want to emphasise we are here to help them too.

Mental health issues can range from depression, stress and anxiety to eating disorders and addiction. The root of the problem may not be mental health itself, it can often be traced to issues such as financial pressure, bereavement or the breakdown of a relationship which has then led to a deterioration in mood, emotional turmoil and an inability to cope. BEN can provide access to counselling, bereavement support and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy as well as advice on many other issues.

Anyone calling BEN’s free and confidential helpline on 08081 311 333 will reach sympathetic, experienced Support Officers who offer access to a range of services designed to deliver long term solutions.

Future campaigns are already being planned and will focus on physical wellbeing, financial health and social issues such as loneliness and isolation.

Contact BEN’s marketing team on 01344 298 122 or visit www.ben.org.uk for more information.

BEN’s free and confidential helpline number is 08081 311 333 or email BEN supportservices@ben.org.uk

www.ben.org.uk/mentallyfit