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The Burnt Chef Project - mental health support for the hospitality trade.

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The lowdown on Somerset-based social enterprise The Burnt Chef Project and its mission to tackle mental health issues in the hospitality sector.

94d583_f153308de691475abb2a35c98b1eab59_mv2Kitchen staff don’t need Gordon Ramsay screaming obscenities in their faces in order to experience mental health issues and burnout. The hospitality industry is one full of stress, and with long hours under intense pressure and in tough conditions, it’s no wonder that 8 out of 10 of the hospitality professionals that today’s startup surveyed reported that they had experienced mental health issues at some point in their career.

In that survey, the startup also found that, as with other sectors, less than half of those people would be comfortable actually talking about those issues with colleagues - a stigma that still lingers no matter how far we have come in normalising talking about it.

Somerset-based startup The Burnt Chef Project has recently teamed up with Thrive, a mental wellbeing app approved by the NHS, to provide unlimited access to clinically supervised therapists to hospitality staff.

The app provides wellbeing tools such as resilience-building exercises and over 100 hours of meditation content, and for urgent help, users can talk via the chat function to those therapists. The Burnt Chef Project has referred to Thrive as the missing piece to take them from reactive to proactive.

appThis new addition to the Project’s suite only adds to the range of offerings they already provide. They offer a range of tools, services, and education to support the hospitality industry, and they aim to challenge the stigma of mental health issues which, of course, will also always help with the employer’s revenue and staff retention.

Some of what they offer includes MHFA England training courses, a mental health and leadership diploma, a diagnostic tool to identify where stress and burnout are present and the associated costs, and free online training and resources.

They also have a range of clothing and accessories for sale, 100% of the proceeds of which go back to providing those free support services.

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Published on: 14th July 2022

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