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Hold on to your hats… Ben’s ‘Hats on 4 Mental Health Day’ automotive industry fundraiser is back!

Hold on to your hats… Ben’s ‘Hats on 4 Mental Health Day’ automotive industry fundraiser is back!

29 September 2017

Ben, the not-for-profit organisation that partners with the automotive industry to provide support for life, will be holding this year’s Hats on 4 Mental Health Day on 13th October, during the week of World Mental Health Day. Last year marked the inaugural Hats on 4 Mental Health Day, Ben’s national fundraising event for the automotive industry, which raised over £13,000.

The day aims to raise awareness about mental health challenges, whilst raising funds to help Ben support those working in the industry who may be suffering in silence. Another key message of the campaign is to highlight the importance of talking about mental health to ensure people know Ben is here to help.

The face of the campaign is Mike Brewer, Presenter of TV Show Wheeler Dealers, who has been recently announced as a Ben Celebrity Ambassador.

Companies and individuals can now sign up to the campaign and join in the fun.

How to get involved:

1. Visit www.hatson4ben.co.uk to sign up and download tools and resources

2. Wear a hat to work on 13th October

3. Take a photo and post to social media using #HatsOn4MentalHealth

4. Donate £1 to Ben

Another important part of Hats on 4 Mental Health Day involves Ben working with employers to raise awareness about the implications that mental health challenges can have on employees. Ben are providing companies with the free tools they need to support their staff - these can be found in the ‘Toolkit’ on www.hatson4ben.co.uk.

The day is part of Ben’s wider mental health campaign during October to December and spotlights how mental health can affect anyone, at any time. The campaign is particularly relevant as recent research shows two thirds of British adults say they have experienced mental ill-health at some point in their lives, according to the Mental Health Foundation. In an industry which has a workforce of over 800,000 people, that’s over 500,000 people potentially affected by mental health challenges!

Mike Brewer said: “We’re calling upon you to get involved in Hats on 4 Mental Health Day because we need your support to raise awareness about such a worthy cause. Let’s keep talking about mental health to help prevent people from suffering in silence. So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and get involved. Raise your hats, raise awareness and raise some funds for Ben!”

Please donate £1 or as much as you can afford, and share your pics on social media using: #HatsOn4MentalHealth. You can also download and print posters here to encourage your customers to donate.

Visit www.hatson4ben.co.uk now to sign up and get your company involved!