Ben Latest Survey Reveals Growing Concerns

Mental Health in the Automotive Industry: Ben’s Latest Survey Reveals Growing Concerns

In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week, the automotive industry charity, Ben, has unveiled a new report highlighting the results of its latest survey. The findings reveal that over one in four automotive workers (27%) struggle with managing their mental health, compared to 16% of UK workers overall. This discrepancy underscores the significant mental health…

Ben Latest Survey Reveals Growing Concerns

In conjunction with Mental Health Awareness Week, the automotive industry charity, Ben, has unveiled a new report highlighting the results of its latest survey. The findings reveal that over one in four automotive workers (27%) struggle with managing their mental health, compared to 16% of UK workers overall. This discrepancy underscores the significant mental health challenges faced by those in the automotive industry.

The survey further disclosed that a staggering 99.6% of automotive employees have encountered a health and wellbeing issue in the past year. Stress is the most prevalent issue, affecting 56% of respondents, followed by poor sleep (51%), anxiety (43%), and low mood (41%). These results indicate that mental health concerns dominate the top ten issues impacting automotive workers.

Financial worries also play a crucial role in mental health struggles, with seven out of ten respondents expressing concerns about money. Those with financial anxieties are more likely to experience anxiety, low mood, and depression. The number of individuals worrying about finances has increased from the previous year (60% to 70%), likely due to cost-of-living pressures. Debt has risen by 3% (19% to 22%), inability to budget by 12% (14% to 26%), inability to save by 5% (31% to 36%), and meal skipping by 6% (10% to 16%).

Additionally, the survey revealed that one in seven automotive workers are contemplating leaving the industry, with pay cited as the primary motivator (29%). Of those considering departure, 87% have financial issues and 63% are experiencing work-related stress.

This survey, Ben’s largest to date, garnered responses from 1,872 automotive employees across various UK regions, ages, genders, and working environments. Now in its seventh year, the survey aims to identify the key health and wellbeing challenges affecting the automotive workforce to provide relevant support both now and in the future.

Rachel Clift, Health & Wellbeing Director at Ben, commented: “We are pleased to release our latest survey results, which highlight the health and wellbeing issues our automotive family faces. Our annual surveys allow us to understand their struggles and offer the necessary support. We also share these insights with employers and industry stakeholders to foster a supportive environment for automotive workers and their families.

“Mental health issues are impacting one in four automotive workers, with financial worries contributing significantly. More individuals are grappling with cost-of-living pressures, leading to an increase in issues like skipping meals and debt, which likely affects both their physical and mental health.

“Following these findings, we want to ensure everyone in the automotive industry knows we are here to help. If you are struggling, please visit www.ben.org.uk/gethelp. Employers can also learn how Ben supports businesses and their employees’ health and wellbeing by reading the report or visiting www.ben.org.uk/business.”

For the complete report, visit Ben’s Survey Report 2024.


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