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Mental health could cost auto industry employers up to £1.2bn a year

Mental health is still one of the biggest issues affecting the automotive industry’s workforce and could cost employers as much as £1.2bn a year collectively.

The findings come from automotive charity Ben, which has released a new whitepaper that examines evidence and provides practical solutions for employers on how to support the mental health of their workforce.

Called ‘Mental health in the automotive industry: moving up a gear’, the whitepaper highlights that, when it comes to workplace issues, the mental health of employees can still be a taboo subject.

In response, Ben is looking to work in partnership with automotive industry employers, through its Ben4Business programme, not only to make a positive difference to peoples’ lives but more importantly save lives too.

Rachel Clift, health & wellbeing director at Ben, said: “Our free, confidential support is readily available to anyone who works (or has worked) in the industry – from the assembly line to the boardroom. Whatever an individual is dealing with, no matter how big or impossible it seems, Ben is here. Employers can also refer an employee who is in need of support to Ben via a fast-track employee referral process.

“We have put our learnings into action by partnering with automotive employers to support their people through relevant training and workplace initiatives. I urge employers to read ‘Mental health in the automotive industry: moving up a gear’ as it offers great insights into the mental health of the automotive industry. It’s insightful but it’s also a great resource to help employers support their workforce  and promote positive mental health in their workplace.

“We’re here to look after the health and wellbeing of automotive people because they are the lifeblood of our industry.”

To download Ben’s whitepaper, click here.

Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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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