Mental Health in the Hospitality Industry, Mind The Bar is here to Listen

It is no secret that the hospitality industry has had a reputation for being a challenging work environment. Workers in the hospitality industry face immense pressure to satisfy customers; work long, gruelling hours; have high-pressure kitchens, and are put under extremely high-stress situations compared to most other industries.

With all of this in mind, it is no surprise that the hospitality industry faces serious mental health concerns. Depression, anxiety, substance abuse, addiction, and harassment have all become part of the hospitality work experience, yet the support for these individuals is lacking. Or are they?

Suppose you are in the hospitality industry and your workplace does not have mental health support in place, such as an Employee Family Assistance Program (EFAP). In that case, you have other options to help support your workers!

Mind The Bar is a website that provides information and support resources for those in the hospitality industry struggling with mental health concerns. The Mind The Bar Foundation started in 2018 and is a website with links to 24-hour crisis lines and many other resources offered throughout Canada.

If you work in the hospitality industry and are struggling with your own mental health or know of others who may be struggling, this free online service is here for you. Throughout the website, you will not only find 24-hour crisis lines, but you can also find information on symptoms for each mental health concern, available treatment options, prompt questions to ask medical professionals, and much, much more!

Service Hospitality is also here to help!

Here at Service Hospitality, we have Safety Advisors who are Certified in Psychological Health and Safety through the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). Our Safety Advisors can provide your organization with the prevention, promotion, and guidance strategies for psychological health and safety in the workplace. On top of this, Service Hospitality has also assembled the Mental Health Best Practice Group, which works together to discuss best practices and implement positive changes surrounding mental health in the workplace.

Service Hospitality now offers Psychological Health and Safety for Hospitality training. This course covers coping strategies and supports for common mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, addictions, and harassment. This course is meant to take participants out of their comfort zones. Once uncomfortable and vulnerable, participants can truly learn and grow!

Additional mental health resources can also be found on our website HERE!

Contact a safety advisor today to learn more and help protect your employee’s mental health!

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