Ben uncovers wellbeing concerns during Mental Health Awareness Week

By automotive-mag.com 3 Min Read

Automotive industry charity, Ben, has revealed results from its latest survey (1,872 automotive employees) during Mental Health Awareness Week. Over 1 in 4 automotive workers reported issues managing their mental health.

99.6% of automotive people have been affected by a health & wellbeing issue over the previous 12 months, with stress being the most common health & wellbeing issue that automotive employees face, at 56%.

Poor sleep (51%) was the second most common issue followed by poor sleep (51%), followed by feelings of anxiety (43%) and low mood (41%).

Rachel Clift, health & wellbeing director at Ben, said: “Our annual surveys are the ideal opportunity to hear from our automotive family so we can fully understand their struggles and then provide the support they need.

“Mental health issues are affecting 1 in 4 of our automotive family and we can see that money worries are contributing to this. More people are struggling with cost-of-living pressures, with issues such as skipping meals and debt on the rise.”

7 in 10 worry about money and are more likely to experience anxiety, low mood and depression. The number of people worrying about money has increased from the year before (6 in 10), most likely intensified by cost-of-living pressures.

Year on year, debt has increased by 3% (19% to 22%), inability to budget increased by 12% (14% to 26%), inability to save increased by 5% (31% to 36%) and skipping meals increased by 6% (10% to 16%).

1 in 7 automotive workers are considering leaving the industry, stating pay as the main reason (29%). A total of 87% considering leaving the industry due to financial issues and 63% experience stress at work.

Clift concluded: “On the back of these results, we want to make sure that everyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry knows we’re there for them, so please get in touch if you’re struggling by visiting www.ben.org.uk/gethelp.”

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