60% of UK employees have experienced a mental health issue where work was a contributing factor, and 31% have been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition.

A recent Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development study highlighted the impact that mental health can have on organisations. The study found that:

  • 37% of sufferers are more likely to get into conflict with colleagues
  • 57% find it harder to juggle multiple tasks
  • 80% find it difficult to concentrate
  • 62% take longer to do tasks
  • 50% are potentially less patient with customers/clients.

The study also found that, for the first time, stress is the major cause of long-term absence in manual and non-manual workers. With the cost to employers of mental health issues at work reaching £34.9 billion for the year 2016/17 through sickness absence, reduced productivity and replacing staff, this vital issue is now set to be tackled within the drinks trade.

Licensed Trade Charity have teamed up with Care First, who provide a free industry helpline which gives pub, bar and brewery people valuable assistance and support on a range of issues from money worries to housing, health and retraining, with the option of up to six free counselling sessions to help staff directly with mental health issues.

Carolyn Jenkinson, Licensed Trade’s Charity Services Manager said: “Many of the calls we receive from pub and bar staff seeking help involve mental health issues. Whilst in most cases managers are sympathetic to their staff’s problems, they often find it difficult to know what to say or do to help. This breakthrough training for the industry will give managers the confidence to help, making them feel comfortable talking to people who have mental health issues.”

With help from Worshipful Company of Innholders, Licensed Trade Charity will be launching two regional ‘Mental Health & Wellbeing in The Workplace’ events for managers to tackle the issues that are continually reported through Care First. Initial training sessions will be held in London and the Midlands this autumn, with others being held across the country in 2019 to ensure industry-wide coverage and increased knowledge of a vital topic.

These one-day training session will begin the drive to help pubcos, bars and breweries increase the level of support they can offer staff with mental health issues. They will enable managers to develop a greater knowledge of the most common mental health issues in the workplace, how to best support someone with mental health problems and give managers the confidence to deal with difficult situations that may arise.

Operators who would like to register their interest in this exciting new initiative, and attend one of the free mental health training events, should contact Carolyn Jenkinson