Mental Health- Time to start changing the game!
July 26th, 2019 / Uncategorized /
What Causes Mental Health Issues Among the Hospitality Community
When we started Clipboard Hospitality a little over a year ago we had a big vision: To change the perception that our industry is an identifiable career choice. Though this vision still remains and we have over 10,000 members helping us change the game, we have been exposed to a higher responsibility. Feedback from our members along with our own personal experiences, the mental health issue within our community is an area we are extremely passionate about making a change. As we embark on this mission will be delivering interviews, meetups, strategies to tack the issue along with much more in a hope to assist those in the community going through this challenge. It is a mission close to our heart (you will hear from our co founder Brendan Leeds about his own challenges in this space). It is a mission in which we hope brings about serious awareness, education and the resources out there to combat the mental health issue. We encourage comments, feedback and any assistance from the community to join us in our mission.
So lets start at the beginning. The below content was put together by one of our members who’s partner has been battling with mental health challenges.
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One of the biggest problems being faced by the global hospitality industry today is increasing mental health issues among the community. Whereas ample attention is given towards various other factors, from the facilities to customer service, there is a lack of positive attitude towards the problems being faced by the people who run the industry with their work. The occurrence of mental health issues are increasing by the day, with employee attendance year by year. Its now time to make a change and align our focus.
Before these problems can be addressed, they need to be understood. Here are the major aspects that are influencing this major issue:
Hospitality workers usually have shifts that last for a long time. The long hours drain the energy out and leaves them exhausted for any other things that they might want to do. The job is hard and if you spend all your energy on the job, the amount of enjoyment you will have in life will decrease drastically. Hence, the long hours is a major source of mental health issues in the hospitality community.
As mentioned, it’s a hard job and requires many long hours day in day out. The human body can only take so much before it succumbs to fatigue. A trend commonly seen with hospitality employees is regular exhaustion. This plays into accumulating stress and, consequently, mental health issues.
The human body is programmed to work properly during the day and rest at night. However, night shifts throw this program off balance. The result is metabolic imbalances among many more problems. Hence, the night shifts that are common in the hospitality industry play a significant role in the mental health issues faced by the workers.
Effect on Health and Relationships
The previous three points not only take their toll on the physical health of a person, but also their relationships with other people. Hospitality workers often don’t have enough time to give to the people they care for, or they are tired to do so. Hence, their relationships are affected, sometimes even permanently.
Knowing Other People Have Fun While You Work
In the age of social media, you can find out what everyone’s up to by just opening your phone. Working while other people have fun week after week plays into the mental fortitude of a person. Furthermore, in the hospitality business, you normally have to cater for people spending time leisurely while you work for hours upon hours.
Drinking and Other Addictions
People working in the hospitality sector are quite prone to drinking a lot. This alcohol addiction is something they begin to depend on while it eats away at their physical and mental health. Other addictions are fairly common and on the rise as well. For many, it’s a coping mechanism that they can’t do without even if it endangers their lives. The addiction arises due to the mental health problems, frustration, and stress that they accumulate. This, like the rest, is a major problem that needs to be addressed as soon as possible.
The 1st Step
Anyone suffering from mental health issues needs to take one major step: face the fear of telling people. Mental health issues are not easy to talk about and those suffering from them are often hesitant to discuss them at all. However, in order to fight them, facing the fear is necessary. Do not be afraid to seek help. Face your fear and talk with your loved ones and specialists. Don’t be afraid to seek help. Forcing yourself to do so is not easy but is essential. Hence, keep fighting and never give into your fears
The Clipboard Team