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Ben introduces online support for people with depression

Ben has launched a new online support feature on its website to help automotive industry people who are struggling with depression.

According to NHS figures, depression affects about one in 10 people at some point in their life and figures from Ben – which is an independent charity and dedicated partner to the automotive industry – show that around one in three people who contact its helpline do so due to mental health issues, including depression and anxiety.

Initial findings from Ben’s own automotive industry survey state that 22% of those who reported suffering with depression said it had the biggest impact on their health and wellbeing overall. Depression was also Ben’s second most visited topic online, after anxiety, with almost 16,000 visits last year.

Ben’s new dedicated web pages provide information on the different levels of depression – ranging from low mood, mild and moderate, to more severe and enduring – as well as how to cope and how to manage their mood, where to access support as well as a personal story from someone that Ben has supported through this particular mental health issue.

As well as bringing help for employees, Ben is also continuing its work to support employers, including an article on what to do if an employee is showing symptoms of depression or say they ‘feel depressed’.

Rachel Clift, health & wellbeing director at Ben, said: “How we think affects the way we feel and our emotions. This then has a knock-on impact on how we react and/or behave. People can develop a negative stance on life, which predisposes them to be on emotional overload (increased stress hormone) and, in the longer term, this can lead to low mood, anxiety and depression.

“Depression can affect anyone from any background and of any age but, it doesn’t have to stop you from living a purposeful and fulfilling life, it’s possible to manage depression or make a full recovery. Even the most severe cases of depression can be managed and treated with the right support.

“If you’re struggling with depression or have a family dependent who is, Ben is here for you. You can visit our new online resources for more information and guidance or get in touch with us through our online chat or via our helpline if you need more support. We can support people with access to talking therapies and counselling, as well as life coaching and mentoring.

“We also offer mental health training to companies which equips managers with the knowledge, skills and tools to confidently navigate mental health challenges within the workplace and effectively manage and support employees.”

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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