In light of the latest national lockdown, Leila Moss-Kelly, Communications Manager at Ben, talks through what you can do to stay on top of your mental health and the services available to you.
We all have mental health – just like we have physical health. Mental health is a state of wellbeing, one where we realise our own abilities and it affects us in numerous ways. It can affect how we cope with normal stresses in life, our ability to work productively, and can contribute to our interactions with family, workplace, friends, and the community.
We all have times when we feel down, stressed, or even frightened. Most of the time, these feelings pass but, sometimes, they develop into a more serious problem. Everyone is different and, whilst most of the time we can recover from a setback, sometimes we might need some guidance to get us back on track and that’s okay.
Our mental health, like our physical health, varies all the time. One day we can feel down, and the next we can feel happier, more positive, and satisfied with life. It’s important to know that this is completely normal.
Mental health and physical health are linked and can affect each other. If we are stressed, our heart beats faster, we breathe harder, and it can even cause a headache. Looking after our mental health and wellbeing can help our physical health. Whether you want to reduce stress levels, sleep better, or need help with anxiety and depression, Ben can help.
Ben has a wide range of different mental health support options, giving you choice and control over how you receive mental health support. This could be using the tips and advice on its website or accessing its guided digital support programmes, telephone talking therapies, and counselling.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we’ve all had to adjust to monumental changes in our lives – both at home and at work. It’s affecting us all in different ways. Ben, the automotive industry charity, helps those in our industry to navigate life and its challenges. Ben supports people who need help with a wide range of issues – everyone is different. If you’re worried about your physical health, mental health, or you’re concerned about your general wellbeing, Ben is here to help – especially during these difficult times.
Ben is adding new information all the time, so be sure to sign up to its email service to receive tips, advice, and tools straight to your inbox. You can also contact Ben’s free and confidential helpline, either online or by calling the number under ‘Helpline’ to the right. Ben’s helpline can also support you in accessing its new digital support programmes which are designed to assist you with stress, anxiety, depression, money worries, and resilience. These are all free of charge to people who work or have worked in the automotive industry.
Coronavirus hub – Ben’s ‘Coronavirus hub’ provides relevant online support for people during these challenging times: www.ben.org.uk/our-services/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus-help/
Work, health & wellbeing – Support for those who are worried about job losses: www.ben.org.uk/work
Tips, advice & tools to your inbox – Individuals can sign up to receive regular tips, advice, and tools from Ben via email: www.ben.org.uk/signup