Ben launches mental health training

Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life to its people, has launched a new mental health training programme.

The new service sees Ben working in partnership with employers to raise awareness about mental health, manage mental health in the workplace and provide practical tools for individuals to help them better manage their mental health. A full day’s training programme is available for managers to help them support employees and a series of short masterclasses for employees to enable them to cope with life’s challenges.

The courses are designed specifically for people working in the automotive industry and are suitable for all organisations. Ben is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the UK automotive workforce and operates as a not-for-profit organisation. The training has already been successfully provided to some of Ben’s automotive industry partners.

Through BenTraining, Ben delivers real business benefits of improved productivity and reduced absenteeism. The development of this new service is in direct response to the huge increase in demand for mental health related help from people in the automotive industry. Ben received a 78% increase in requests for help from people about their mental health during 2016-17, compared to 2015-16. This could be due to mental health becoming a hot topic on the news agenda and testament to the awareness raised through Ben’s ‘Hats on 4 Mental Health Day’.

Jools Tait, business development director at Ben, said, ‘Our aim is to support the people working in the automotive industry with any mental health challenges they face, as well as providing the training needed by their managers so they know how to support them. We believe that, through BenTraining, automotive businesses will benefit from reduced absence and improved productivity in their workforces.’

BenTraining is one of the four key elements of Ben4Business, which launched in September. Ben4Business brings together the services that Ben offers to industry partners in one package, consisting of a range of digital and workplace awareness initiatives and new training programmes.