Addressing Mental Health in the Hospitality Industry

Liam Crawley

Veteran chef, Liam Crawley, and his new initiative, Hospo For Life, have partnered with the Altius Group to address and raise awareness for mental health in hospitality. The new program will launch in Australia on May the 24th. While this program is region specific to Australia, it is a global problem that needs continual thought and action. Additionally, following the launch of the program, there will be a standalone website for the initiative, as well as social media presence—something accessible for anyone in need of support.  The new partnership aims to provide practical support to workers in all aspects of hospitality—from front of house to kitchen, to administration.

The hospitality industry can be gruelling; a combination of irregular hours, high levels of stress and uncertainty of income can often lead to the degradation of mental health. Crawley, an expert of the industry, said, “I’ve spent more than two decades in this industry, and I’ve seen too many people who feel like they have no support when times get tough. The kitchen can be an incredibly lonely place, and most chefs aren’t celebrities with groups of people around them, demanding their advice. Most chefs earn enough to look after their family, and simply don’t have the time or flexibility to take a day off to seek the help that they know they need.” The new partnership, with Altius Group, looks to address this.

Altius Groupo is a specialised workplace health and wellbeing organisation who will look to provide psychological counselling services and mental wellbeing programs specifically tailored to address the challenges faced by hospitality workers.

Derick Borean, Altius CEO and co-founder, said, “Failing mental health is a real and unfolding tragedy throughout Australia, deeply affecting the hospitality industry. Making a tangible difference to workers on the ground through Hospo For Life is one way we can assist those who are finding life too hard and are struggling to cope. We want to give hospitality workers the same opportunity for mental health support given to workers in the corporate and government space. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do to make a living, you deserve to be supported when you need a helping hand, and Hospo For Life is dedicated to doing just that.”

If you need help or know anyone who needs help in New Zealand, free call or text 1737 any time for the support of a trained counsellor, additionally, Lifeline can be contacted on 0800 543 354, or text ‘Help’ to 4357.