The Burnt Chef Project has launched a free text-based mental health support service for hospitality workers.
The service is available on a 24-7 basis for anyone within the industry to reach out and talk to a trained volunteer if they are feeling unsure, anxious, depressed or just need someone to lend an ear.
The initiative is being run in partnership with text support service Shout 85258.
Anybody wishing to use the service can text BURNTCHEF to 85258 for confidential support without being charged.
The service has been part-funded by a ‘Get Active’ challenge that took place last month involving more than 80 individuals.
Founder Kris Hall said in a video message: “I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who took part in our Get Active challenge. We raised close to £3,000 which was a fantastic sum of money to raise to go towards the text-based Burnt Chef support service that we have started and launched today to help those in need during these tough times and beyond.”
An update about the Get Active Lockdown Challenge and the new Burnt Chef Support Service we've launched today! pic.twitter.com/ypsRcWZ0AG
— The Burnt Chef Project (@burnt_chef) February 1, 2021
8 out of 10 hospitality professionals report having experienced at least one mental health issue during their career
The Burnt Chef Project is a non-profit campaign that was launched two years ago to challenge mental health stigma within the hospitality industry and provide support for workers.
A survey of 1,300 hospitality professionals carried out by the organisation found that 8 out of 10 respondents had experienced mental health issues within their career and 46% would not feel comfortable talking about their health concerns with their colleagues.