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BEN launches digital mental health platform

Automotive charity Ben is launching access to its digital mental health and wellbeing platform, offering immediate support to those in need.

SilverCloud is a digital mental health and wellbeing platform that can help support people to better manage their mental health and wellbeing, the charity said.

The SilverCloud programmes use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach which focuses on the relationship between thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

The charity said SilverCloud can also help individuals to develop positive coping strategies.

Rachel Clift, health and wellbeing director at Ben, said: “This continues to be a very challenging and uncertain time for us all, especially for those who work in our industry.

“The pandemic has left many people struggling with their mental health, as well as with other issues such as poor sleep and money worries.

"In response, we’re delighted to be offering immediate access to our digital platform, SilverCloud, which is free for those who work, or have worked, in the automotive industry."

Programmes on topics such as stress, anxiety, and depression, as well as supporting issues such as money worries, sleep, and resilience are available on the platform.

Each one features interactive tools such as videos, activities, quizzes, audio guides as well as a personal online support journal.

Clift said: "With so many programmes to choose from, I’m thrilled we can offer this support to those working across the industry.

"SilverCloud will help people look after their mental health and wellbeing both now during these tough times, as well as in the future.”

Last year, Ben saw a 95% increase in helpline enquiries and the charity supported 56% more people. Around 50% of individuals have been seeking support for a mental health issue and 40% are asking Ben for financial support.

The charity said each year it has been experiencing an increase in the number of people asking for support with their mental health, with the situation being heightened due to the COVID-19 pandemic with more people feeling stressed, anxious, lonely and isolated.

Back in October the charity issued an 'urgent plea' to the sector for help to raise £500,000 of essential funds.

Inchcape has joined the likes of fellow car retail groups Marshall Motor HoldingsTrustFordChorley Group and Sytner in donating five-figure sums to help the charity.

Suppliers Auto TraderMotorViseRAC Network and Assurant and the Independent Garage Association (IGA) have also made donations.

Clift said: "Thanks to the generous support from both AutoTrader and SMMT Charitable Trust, we can provide this fast track access to SilverCloud. This will raise more awareness which will enable us to reach more people across the industry.

“To sign up to SilverCloud, you can visit the link or find out more on our website. If you need more support with SilverCloud or anything else, contact our Helpline on 08081 311 333.

"We want the industry and its people to know that Ben is here for them. These are still difficult times for many, but our services can help provide the relevant support that automotive people need now.”

SilverCloud is free for anyone who works or has worked in the automotive industry.

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