Hospitality sector to ‘Walk for Calm’ amid mental health crisis

Leading hospitality organisations, alongside mental health charities, are backing the ‘Walk for Calm’ initiative to promote better mental health in the industry.

Fronted by charities Hospitality Action and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), the initiative will see multiple socially distanced, 20km fundraising walks take place in London, Birmingham and Manchester

The ‘Walk for Calm’ campaign is now backed by industry bodies such as UKHospitality, Umbrella Training and Healthy Hospo.

Some 6,000 suicides took place in 2019, the highest figures in two decades according to the Office for National Statistics, and the hospitality industry is bracing itself for a mental health crisis of its own due to the financial crisis resulting from Covid-19.

Mark Lewis, Hospitality Action’s CEO, said: ‘‘Mental health isn’t a destination but rather a journey. These past few months have been trying for us all but especially those working in hospitality. 

‘‘By taking part in the Walk for Calm you’ll be keeping active and engaged, taking care of your own mental health as you take care of others.’’

Jo Simovic, Umbrella Training’s COO, said: ‘‘CALM and Hospitality Action are amazing charities that bring crucial help in these times. The isolation that lockdown has brought to people, the worries about money and survival are triggers that can affect people’s mental health and take them over the edge in some cases. 

‘‘With the rise in redundancies in hospitality and with suicides on the rise in UK, we have to do our bit to help support these charities. Umbrella Training will walk for CALM and Hospitality Action and we invite all of you to join us – every step counts.’’

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