Almost 60% of workers in the Scottish hospitality industry have experienced mental health problems at work, a new survey by ScotHot has revealed.
The study found that 57% of respondents had experienced mental health issues in the workplace which included stress, depression and anxiety.
More than 500 people currently employed in the hospitality sector responded to the survey, with 41% reporting that working in the industry had negatively affected their mental health.
The three top causes linked to work-related stress were long hours, a lack of work-life balance and the demands of working in a high-pressure environment.
On Thursday, March 14 at the ScotHot event, officials will be discussing this in further details as part of a live panel debate on the Scottish Tourism Alliance Spotlight Stage.
Ross Carter, event director for ScotHot, said: “While these statistics make for serious reading, it’s important to recognise the positive work which is already being carried out to make mental health a priority across Scotland’s hospitality industry, and focus our discussions on what else can be done to make the sector a healthier, happier place for everyone.
“By putting mental health centre of the Scottish Tourism Alliance Spotlight Stage, we’re aiming to encourage more employers and employees to make their health a priority as part of ScotHot 2019.”
The segment, ‘Talking About It: Mental Health in Hospitality’, will be chaired by broadcaster and journalist Stephen Jardine who will lead conversations examining what can be done to improve and promote positive mental health.
Jardine will be joined by Gary Macdonald, mental health community partner at the department for work and pensions; Gordon McIntyre, associate dean for hospitality and tourism at City of Glasgow College; Giovanna Eusebi, owner of Eusebi Deli in Glasgow, and Stuart Ralston, chef patron of Aizle Restaurant in Edinburgh.
The results of ScotHot’s survey follow the launch of Hospitality Health, a new Scottish charity set up to support the wellbeing of staff and students across the industry.
Gordon McIntyre, chairman at Hospitality Health, said: “The health and wellbeing of people working in the hospitality industry must be a priority for employers. We need to put mental health at the top of our agenda, and let staff see that this is something we take seriously.
“It’s so encouraging to see ScotHot focusing on such an important topic at this year’s event, and I hope the study findings will encourage even more employers to make the small differences which can deliver big changes for their staff.”
Taking place this week, on March 13-14 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow in collaboration with Scottish Tourism Month, ScotHot is the Scottish hospitality and catering sector’s largest trade event.