"It has to be accepted that physical abuse will, almost certainly lead to ongoing mental health issues" blog by Barry Hancox

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The Staff Canteen

Editor 22nd July 2019

We have been reading recently of a shocking case of physical abuse in a kitchen. In this day and age I don’t understand how this can still be happening.

What’s Going On?

Whilst my brief remains Mental Health and how best to tackle this issue, it has to be accepted that physical abuse will, almost certainly lead to ongoing mental health issues in the workplace. It’s vital that we appreciate that the two abusive cultures are connected.

It’s a stressful workplace, inevitably, and we have to face up to and address issues in the workplace. Accidents happen we know and the team will inevitably have at least one trained First Aider, so, why shouldn’t you have a trained Mental Health First Aider?

As much as anything else, the training gives you an understanding and appreciation of those who suffer (and maybe an understanding of your personal experiences).

However it’s important the team are treated with respect - morally, physically and mentally. You have to also remember that you are part of that team and you equally deserve that level of respect from colleagues.

It seems to me there is a growing issue with staff recruitment in the industry – probably because of its ongoing reputation for a stressful workplace with often difficult conditions and inevitably long and unsociable working hours.

Throughout industry mental health is now recognised, accepted and dealt with. Because of the issues already mentioned it’s vital we now adopt a more acceptable and meaningful approach to the working environment.

The old adage is prevention is the best cure!

About Barry Hancox

Barry Hancox has spent over 40 years working in the hospitality industry. He was a House Manager at Duke’s Hotel in St James’s before relocating to the Cotswolds nearly 30 years ago to the Lygon Arms Hotel.

Since leaving The Lygon 15 years ago, Barry has owned and run two restaurants, and played a role in the launch of several delis and food retail outlets in the Cotswolds as a consultant. 

Barry's interest in mental health issues has grown in recent years, particularly within the hospitality industry. He is a qualified Mental Health First Aider and he volunteers regularly with Springfield Mind. 

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 22nd July 2019

"It has to be accepted that physical abuse will, almost certainly lead to ongoing mental health issues" blog by Barry Hancox