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A focus on depression

A focus on depression

30 April 2021

An estimated 264 million people worldwide are affected by depression and it’s one of the most common mental health issues faced by people in the UK. Depression can affect anyone at any time, with one in five people in the UK reporting feeling depressed or anxious.

From Ben’s own insights, they know that depression is one of the biggest issues facing those working in the automotive industry. Each year, they are supporting more people with mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety. Mental health issues represented over 50% of Ben’s helpline enquiries last year.

Ben have also seen a rise in the number of people seeking help for low mood and depression, which isn’t surprising as it’s been reported that the number of adults experiencing depression has almost doubled since the start of the pandemic. They have seen over 10,000 views of their managing depression web page since March 2020, and views of their depression landing page have increased by 17% from November 2020 – January 2021.

Depression is more than just the feeling of being unhappy or fed up. When someone is depressed, their low mood (and other related mental / physical symptoms) carry on persistently for weeks, months or even years with no let up. Episodes of depression can affect a person’s whole life and relationships and everyday tasks can become overwhelming.

Symptoms of depression

Depression can cause a wide range of possible symptoms, both mental and physical. Each person’s experience is different but here are some possible signs of depression:

  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Persistent sad, pessimistic, or empty feelings
  • Loss of interest in normal hobbies / activities
  • Difficulty concentrating / making decisions
  • Tiredness or lack of energy
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Physical aches and headaches
  • Suicidal thoughts

With the right support, it’s possible to manage the symptoms of depression and make a full recovery.

Lifestyle can also play a key role in recovering from and managing depression (both short and long-term). Making positive lifestyle changes, such as being more active, improving sleep, eating well, staying hydrated, managing your weight and cutting down on alcohol can all have a significant impact on mental health and wellbeing. Some people may also benefit from talking therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) or counselling and, for some, prescribed medication.

How Ben supports individuals

Whatever the issue, including mental health issues like depression, Ben are here to help. They can look after anyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry and their family dependents when life gets tough.

Ben work with people to improve their lives by enhancing their health and wellbeing, providing online self-help on their website as well as through their free and confidential helpline and support services.

If you or someone you know might benefit from Ben’s support, contact their free and confidential helpline: 08081 311 333, or use their webchat.

Ben also now provides fast-track access to SilverCloud, their digital platform to help people better manage their mental health and wellbeing. There are a range of programmes available on the platform, including on topics such as depression and anxiety. SilverCloud is free for anyone who works, or has worked, in the automotive industry. You can sign up here: https://ben.silvercloudhealth.com/signup.

How Ben works with employers

Ben also work with automotive industry employers to understand their challenges and help them support the health and wellbeing of their employees.

They provide training to support mental health in the workplace, including their CPD accredited training, Managing Mental Health in the Workplace. In addition, they provide Mental Health First Aid training, offering employees tools to manage their own mental health as well as supporting colleagues. Find out more at: www.ben.org.uk/benatwork.

Ben Ball is back - book your tickets for 2021!

Ben is excited to announce that Ben Ball is back this year and will be held at the iconic venue, the Roundhouse in Camden, London, on 8th December.

Ben Ball raises vital funds to support the charity’s work, ensuring no-one in automotive has to face life’s toughest challenges alone. This is more important now than ever before, as automotive people have been facing more complex and urgent challenges due to the pandemic.

Having run for over 70 years, Ben Ball is a spectacular black-tie event with breathtaking entertainment, delicious food and a festive theme to get the automotive community into the Christmas spirit. It’s an event not to be missed, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of Covid restrictions and reconnect with colleagues.

Limited spaces are available - Ben Ball 2019 was a sell-out event, so book now to avoid missing out on a night to remember.