From financial worries, to housing, relationships and grief. We find ourselves coming to terms with a new reality and all the anxiety uncertainty brings. For many of us a career in hospitality isn’t just a job, it’s a way of life. But many businesses are facing huge pressure and many are facing closure, putting livelihoods in peril.
Pre-existing mental health conditions, addictions, or family tensions can worsen during these uncertain times. We have designed this hub to collate the best of our advice; to direct you to the services and help we can provide; and to connect you with other organisations who can help.
If you would like to talk to someone in confidence about your mental health, please call our 24/7 helpline on 0808 802 0282 or if your company subscribes to the EAP call 0808 802 2111 (UK), or 1800 911 121 (Irl). Calls are free from landlines and most mobile phones.
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Hospitality and the Cost of Living Crisis.
Last year’s energy-cap announcements added to the financial stress and anxiety for many hospitality people and their employers with large increases in energy costs for households and hospitality businesses.
This further hike in energy costs alongside the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine, the impact on inflation of rapidly increasing food and fuel prices and rising interest rates are all contributing to the UK’s cost of living crisis.
All of these factors mean a drop in ‘real wages’, in other words money isn’t going as far is it did. This also applies to benefits payments which are not currently being increased to keep pace with the rate of inflation.
The Bank of England warned that household incomes were likely to fall by 3.6% in 2022 and 4.3% in 2023, the largest collapse in living standards since records began sixty years ago.
Lower income households will be hit the hardest because they spend a larger proportion of their income on food and fuel, have little or no savings and therefore don’t have the financial resilience to deal with the increases in the cost of living.
The reality facing many people working in hospitality is that they will need to look at ways of reducing spending to deal with price rises by cutting out non-essential services, looking at how they budget, changing shopping habits and reducing energy usage.
Mental wellbeing during the Cost-of-Living crisis.
There is a clear link between financial instability and poor mental health.Find out more
Stay financially fit.
Check that you're getting the best possible value for money and that money problems don't escalate.Find out more
The help you're entitled to.
A key factor is for people to ensure that their households are claiming all the support that they are entitled to. Find out here what help households across the UK can access; what financial support the Government has and will provide; and how to check benefit entitlements.Find out more
Avoid Loan Sharks.
Scammers and illegal money lenders are capitalising on the current crisis causing more misery to those who can ill afford to fall victim.Find out more
What should people do if they can’t pay afford to pay their utility bills?Find out more
How can Hospitality Action help?
Hospitality Action offers services to help support financial and emotional wellbeing including help with debt and advice to get your finances under control via our partnership with PayPlan and hardship grants to help with household costs. To find out more visit Get Help or call our helpline on 0808 802 0282 or if your company subscribes to the EAP call 0808 802 2111 (UK) or 1800 911 121 (Irl).
If you have worked in another industry sector also check to see if you can access grants from other charities here.
With ongoing recruitment and retention challenges in the hospitality industry putting in place a range of support for the physical and emotional wellbeing of your employees is increasingly important alongside the right training and tools to get the job done. Research is increasingly demonstrating the links between physical and emotional wellbeing and engagement at work, improved productivity and a reduction in absenteeism. Put simply the better employees feel, the more they are able to bring their best selves to work and that’s good for employees, managers, customers and employers alike.
This section provides information on workplace issues for both employees and employers including how best to support team members experiencing poor mental health; how to be assertive as an employee; and how to have a difficult conversation as an employer.
Emergency situations (as an employer).
When the worst happens, you need to be ready to support your team.Find out more
Are you a good boss?
In a stressful environment we may not present ourselves as we had hoped to, this guide will help you reflect and improve.Find out more
Bullying can take many forms and can be destructive to your team morale.Find out more
There needs to be a valid and lawful reason for redundancies to take place.Find out more
Studies on human resilience tell us that our physical capacities are deeply intertwined with our emotional states. So while a healthy diet and plenty of exercise are necessary for good mental health, we need to feel relatively well to be able to really practice sound physical self care. The conclusion then, is that we have to work on both sides of the mind/body divide if we are to feel truly healthy and relaxed.
This section provides information about Mental Health Issues; addiction; coping with uncertainty; coping with illness and managing anger. It also takes a look at nutrition and exercise; and ways to get better sleep.
Mental Health Overview.
Information about Mental Health Problems and their causes.Find out more
Drink, Drugs, Gambling - learn how to spot the signs of addictive behaviours.Find out more
Stress and Anxiety.
It’s important to recognise and address feelings of stress and anxiety before they worsen.Find out more
In the heat of service tempers can fray, but it’s important to keep them in check.Find out more
Too many hospitality people die by suicide, learn about the warning signs and prevention strategies.Find out more
Coping with Uncertainty.
The future is unpredictable, and uncertainty can eat away at our self-esteem and productivity.Find out more
Coping with illness.
Being diagnosed with an illness can come as a shock, learn about how to cope and get support.Find out more
Late nights and varied working hours can take their toll on wellbeing, learn what affects your sleep and top tips to get a good night’s rest.Find out more
Nutrition and Exercise.
A good diet and regular exercise are vital to our mental wellbeing, but it can be hard to find a balance.Find out more
At Hospitality Action, we are on a mission to help everyone in hospitality access advice and help to support their mental health and wellbeing whenever they need it.
We work alongside hospitality operators by providing a range of training courses designed to develop a happier, healthier and more productive culture where mental health is discussed openly, and proactive and preventative support is at the heart of the workplace. Our courses have been designed to empower and upskill participants to approach mental health and wellbeing with increased knowledge and confidence in relation to their own mental health and that of their colleagues.
Our Training Courses are available to anyone operating a hospitality business, many of which are discounted for our EAP clients.
Mental Health First Aid Training.
We are pleased to be able to offer regular, accredited Mental Health First Aid Courses.
Our trainers are not only highly experienced in practise and teaching, they're also hospitality professionals who understand the context in which the course will be applied.
Thanks to our EAP, you add extra layers of support for your teams with clear referral pathways to address any issues and additional support for your MHFA practitioners.Course dates and overview
Critical Incidents and On-site Trauma Support.
When the worst happens, a well-drilled emergency response needs to kick in at every level of your business. In the hours, days and weeks following a traumatic episode and as operations slowly return to normal teams may still be coming to terms with what has happened.
We are experts in providing layers of psychological support to help organisations and their teams recover from a crisis. We have supported businesses on-site who have been impacted by terror attacks, fire, acts of violence or the sudden death of a colleague or guest.
Our critical incident support is made available for EAP customers at a reduced rate. However, any operator can access our service designed specifically for the hospitality industry.
To find out more email email@example.com and one of the EAP Team will contact you.
Our bespoke Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a care package that provides peace of mind to employers and a range of specialist, independent and confidential support services to employees.
The information provided by Hospitality Action is not a substitute for seeking medical assistance or advice if required. If you are unwell, have any medical concerns or issues or if you are having thoughts of harming yourself or others you should seek professional assistance urgently. Consider calling NHS 111 or go online at 111.nhs.uk; ring the emergency services if the situation is urgent on 999 or your GP to make an urgent appointment (if the surgery is closed a message should direct you to the Out of Hours GP). If you feel you are unable to keep yourself or others safe then you should go straight to A & E.