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Ben invites automotive people to take part in new health and wellbeing survey

Ben has launched its Annual Industry Survey 2021 to ask the automotive community about the health and wellbeing challenges they have faced in the last 12 months, including the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

 

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This is the fourth time that Ben has run its survey which offers valuable insights to enable the charity to continue providing relevant support and services to automotive people in need. The results of the survey also help identify any additional services or support that automotive people think the charity should offer in the future.

Ben is urging those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry, to take part in its survey which asks a range of health and wellbeing questions. Ben is also asking automotive industry employers to share the survey link with employees to encourage their people to take part (click on the image below).   

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The last survey results revealed:

93% of respondents had been affected by a health & wellbeing issue in the last year

That self-reported mental health and workplace issues are more prevalent in the automotive industry versus the rest of the UK employed population. This included anxiety (56% vs. 45%), stress at work (50% vs.41%), depression (40% vs.31%) and pressure to meet targets (31% vs. 20%).

Following insights gained from previous surveys, Ben launched a digital mental health and wellbeing platform called SilverCloud which can support people to better manage their mental health and wellbeing. The SilverCloud programmes use an evidence-based, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach which focuses on the relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours. SilverCloud also helps individuals to develop positive coping strategies. A number of different programmes are available on the platform, including topics such as stress, anxiety and depression, as well as supporting issues such as money worries, sleep and resilience.

Ben has also responded to the Coronavirus crisis this year by developing a Coronavirus hub on its website, providing relevant health and wellbeing tips, advice and tools online. In addition to this, Ben responded to the pandemic by providing fast-track access to information, advice and guidance for further issues related to money or for anyone affected by job losses.

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Rachel Clift

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

“Each year, we ask people who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry to tell us about the issues they have faced, or are facing, with their health and wellbeing. We use these vital insights so we can continue to develop and provide the relevant charitable support and services that automotive people need now and in the future. I’d also urge automotive employers to share the survey link with their employees.

This survey has proven to be very beneficial in helping us understand what the biggest health and wellbeing challenges and issues are for automotive people. On behalf of Ben, I would like to thank everyone who takes the time to complete the survey. We are listening and we really appreciate you taking part. Your participation helps us to provide the right support for those who need us.”

Whether a person works on the shop floor or top floor, in a factory, garage, office, showroom or on the road, if they work (or have worked) in the automotive industry, Ben is here for them and welcomes their participation in the annual survey.

To take part, click here. It takes less than 10 minutes to complete. The survey is confidential and anonymous, so participants don’t need to reveal their name or contact details.

For further information, please visit www.ben.org.uk

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