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Take the first step towards your future this World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day and the global theme this year, set by the World Federation for Mental Health is ‘Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority.’ There is no doubt that the world is becoming more attuned to the fact that our well-being is impacted as much by our mental health as our physical health, but many still feel that there is a stigma around admitting you need help with your mental health, and there are still a huge number of people out there who are suffering in silence. 


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Ben, the automotive industry charity, estimates that 1 in 2 automotive workers are struggling with their mental health right now. That’s 50% of our automotive family who are experiencing worry, stress, anxiety, low mood or depression, as well as loneliness. 

The impact of a global pandemic and the impending cost-of-living crisis, not to mention the significant changes that are taking place in the automotive industry – a global parts shortage, the shift to EV from combustion engines, the transition to digital rather than in-person customer communications – are all taking their toll on the automotive community, meaning that our industry has been one of the hardest hit by the instability of recent years. 

This World Mental Health Day, Ben is encouraging all those in the automotive industry to take the first brave step towards a healthier future and make their own mental health and well-being a priority by reaching out to Ben and having the first conversation. 

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, said: 

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“One free and confidential chat with Ben could help you to get back on track – we can connect you with the best tools and services that are tailored to help you to overcome whatever it is you’re facing. Whether it’s signing up to a SilverCloud (CBT) programme, counselling or talking therapies, life coaching or financial assistance, we have a range of services and support designed to empower people to improve their circumstances and face life’s challenges with hope and positivity. 

Everyone deserves to live their best life, and this shouldn’t be something that is brushed under the carpet. Problems that are bottled up can escalate and end up in a state of crisis, so we always recommend sharing your worries with a trusted, friend, colleague or family member – or with us via our free and confidential helpline. Why not make World Mental Health Day the day you decide to prioritise your mental health – the first day in the next chapter of your life – and take the opportunity to make a positive change.”

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Ben is there for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry and their family dependents. If you would benefit from some support or if someone you know might need them, please don’t hesitate to get in touch via their free and confidential helpline: 08081 311 333 or use their webchat at You can also access Ben’s out-of-hours text support line by texting BEN to 58258.

For employers who would like to find out more about working in partnership with Ben, or who would be interested in discussing health & well-being support for employees contact Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben:


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.

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e2e Total Loss Vehicle Management [e2e] is the UK’s only salvage and automotive recycling network with nationwide, environmentally compliant sites delivering performance resilience and service reliability to the insurance and fleet markets.  The network’s online salvage auction drives strong salvage resale values and faster sales.  e2e’s salvage clients have access to the network’s stocks of over 5 million quality graded, warranty assured reclaimed parts. 

The power of the network model means e2e has the ability to influence industry standards and is committed to continually raising the bar whilst redefining the role and perceived value of the salvage operator.  Network members adhere to robust service level agreements, against which they are audited, in order to ensure performance consistency and a market leading customer experience.  

The salvage and recycling operating environment is evolving rapidly, and e2e is anticipating, listening and responding to changing market needs.  Regulatory compliance, ESG, reclaimed parts, customer experience, EVs, new vehicle technologies, data and reputation risk are just some of many considerations linked to the procurement of salvage services.  e2e will drive further added value to clients and members through the adoption and application of emerging technologies, continuing to differentiate its proposition and position salvage services as a professional partnership. 

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