Social health becomes Ben focus

Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life, has launched its ‘Let’s talk about social health’ campaign.

The campaign highlights the key social issues affecting people.

Last year, the main reasons for social support from Ben were relationship problems, abuse including domestic abuse and homelessness. In addition, under the category of social health, Ben helps people deal with bereavement, self-esteem issues, loneliness, addiction and substance misuse, amongst others.

Zara Ross, chief executive of Ben, said, ‘We need to educate people about the importance of good social health, the real issues people are facing and how it can impact on a person’s overall wellbeing. The four pillars of health and wellbeing (financial, social, physical and mental) are inextricably linked and shouldn’t be looked at in isolation.

‘We know that relationship challenges were the top reason for people contacting us about social health last year, which can leave them feeling lonely and affect their confidence. Abuse – a serious issue which can come in many forms – is the next biggest reason for people contacting us. These significant life challenges will no doubt affect a person’s overall wellbeing and are likely to impact on work, so employers should be aware, look out for signs that employees are struggling and support them however they can.

‘We often don’t open up about these issues so this is why we have launched our new campaign, ‘Let’s talk about social health’. We want to make the automotive community aware about what issues their colleagues might be facing, encourage them to talk about them, look after each other and spread the word about Ben and how we can help.’

Ben’s campaign, ‘Let’s talk about social health’, will run from April to June.