Mental Health Day UK

Welcome to Mental Health Day UK at Platinum Hospitality. As we embrace the spirit of this important day, Platinum would like to focus on a sector that thrives on creating joy for others – hospitality. Behind the clinking glasses and savoury delights lies a workforce navigating the delicate dance between service excellence and personal well-being.

In this article, we journey through the vibrant, fast-paced world of hospitality, illuminating the often-overlooked mental health narratives within. Join us as we explore the link between mental health and hospitality and reveal the resources available to those in need. On Mental Health Day UK and beyond, let’s ensure a future where wellness isn’t just served on plates but is an integral part of the hospitality experience.

What is Mental Health Day UK?

World Mental Health Day takes place on October 10th every year. It serves as a crucial day for raising awareness about mental health issues, promoting open conversations, and advocating for mental health education and resources worldwide. It’s also a day to let people know that it’s okay to ask for help, no matter what you’re going through. 

Each year, the globally recognised event tackles a different theme and this year, the theme is:

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Mental Health in Hospitality

The hospitality industry is the third biggest employer in the UK and accounts for 10% of all UK employment. A 2019 study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that 80% of hospitality workers reported increased stress levels, yet only 10% had received training to support their health and well-being.

The hospitality industry was already facing a staffing crisis before COVID-19 hit. Brexit had prompted hundreds of thousands of foreign workers to leave the sector, and the pandemic only made the problem worse. As businesses reopened, they found themselves struggling to fill vacancies, putting even more pressure on the remaining staff.

Have you read our article Positive Mental Health in Hospitality featuring The Burnt Chef Project?

Improving Awareness in the Industry

With the fast-paced, buzzing nature of hospitality, there will always be a need for extra measures to ensure the safety and mental well-being of those in the industry. One noticeable shift that has taken place in the wake of these catastrophic global events, however, is how the hospitality industry is increasingly recognising the importance of addressing mental health issues among its workforce.

Here are seven ways the industry is tackling mental health in hospitality today:

Mental Health Awareness Programs: Many hospitality businesses are implementing mental health awareness programs to educate employees and reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues. These programs often include workshops, seminars, and training sessions.

Flexible Working Conditions: Some businesses are exploring more flexible working conditions, allowing employees to have a better work-life balance. This might include flexible scheduling, remote work options, or compressed work weeks.

Training for Managers: Providing training for managers to recognise signs of mental health issues, fostering open communication, and offering appropriate support is crucial. Managers play a key role in creating a positive and supportive work environment.

Wellness Programs: Incorporating wellness programs that focus on both physical and mental well-being. This can include fitness classes, access to gyms, nutritional programs, and mental health resources.

Crisis Response Plans: Having clear crisis response plans in place to support employees in the event of a traumatic incident, and providing training on how to cope with such situations.

By addressing mental health in hospitality proactively, the industry aims to create a healthier and more supportive work environment for its employees. While progress is being made, ongoing efforts are necessary to foster a culture that prioritises mental well-being in this dynamic sector.

If you’re struggling to fill vacancies in your hospitality business, Platinum can help. Our agency staffing solutions can provide you with the qualified and experienced staff you need to keep your business running smoothly. Find out more.

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Best Mental Health Podcasts

Listening to mental health podcasts can offer a range of benefits for individuals seeking support, information, and personal growth. Always check the latest episodes and reviews to find the podcasts that resonate most with you. Here are our top 5 recommended mental health podcasts:

Feel Better Live More

Hosted by Dr Chatterjee – one of the most influential GPs in the country, star of BBC 1’s Doctor In the House, and author of 4 internationally best-selling books – Feel Better, Live More aims to inspire, empower and transform the way we feel. 

Listen on: Apple Podcasts
Listen on: Spotify

The Burnt Chef Journal

Burnt Chef Journal

Join Kris Hall, founder of The Burnt Chef Project, as he explores mental health and wellbeing within the hospitality world and talks openly with guests about their career journeys and experiences with mental health and stress.
Listen whilst prepping, on your break, at the gym or at home as they discuss what a mentally healthy hospitality workplace looks like.

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Listen on: Spotify

Ten Percent Happier Podcast

Ten Percent Happier

Dan Harris is a fidgety, sceptical journalist who had a panic attack on live national television, which led him to try something he otherwise never would have considered: meditation. He went on to write the bestselling book, 10% Happier. On this show, Dan talks with eminent meditation teachers, top scientists, and even the odd celebrity. 

Listen on: Apple Podcasts
Listen on: Spotify

Spectrum Life Podcast


Finding and maintaining balance in our busy day-to-day lives can be hard, but it is a goal we should all strive for. Hosted by health and wellbeing expert, Lauren Guilfoyle, this podcast covers topics such as the importance of movement, exercise, goal setting, creating boundaries, self-reflection, and mental and physical health.

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Listen on: Spotify

Happy Place Podcast

Happy Place

Fearne Cotton talks to incredible people about life, love, loss, and everything in between as she reveals what happiness means to them.

Listen on: Apple Podcasts
Listen on: Spotify

It’s important to note that while mental health podcasts can be a helpful supplementary resource, they are not a substitute for professional mental health care. Individuals facing significant mental health concerns are encouraged to seek support from mental health professionals, such as therapists or counsellors.

Exploring Additional Mental Health Resources

Embarking on a journey toward better mental health is a courageous step, and the path is as diverse as the individuals who walk it. In our commitment to supporting your well-being, we invite you to delve into a treasure trove of additional mental health resources.

Below you’ll discover some further sources of information designed to complement and enrich your mental health journey. From expertly curated articles and in-depth guides to virtual communities offering shared experiences, these resources are crafted with your growth and resilience in mind.

Hospitality Action

The Burnt Chef Project

Mental Health UK

Remember, your mental health journey is unique, and these resources serve as valuable companions. Dive in, explore, and harness the support you need to thrive mentally, emotionally, and beyond.