A message from our CEO

Every day across the UK, automotive colleagues struggle with life’s toughest challenges and need somewhere to turn. That’s why Ben is here for all automotive industry people and their family dependents today and for life.

In the past year we focused on enhancing and extending our support services. We responded to an increased demand for support with mental health issues; we launched our new self-help support service online; developed our life coaching and mentoring service and changed how we support people via our helpline.

Our focus this year has been on responding to the increasing number of people struggling with anxiety and depression. These issues are high on the news agenda, affecting 1 in 4 people (source: Mind). This year we have helped even more people with mental health issues - representing over half of all helpline enquiries. During the year, we developed new online self-serve support content for topics like anxiety and depression, which has provided easy and timely access to help and advice for many people.

This was the first year of our five-year strategy which we embarked on to ensure Ben remains relevant to the needs of automotive industry people of today and the future. A priority continues to be on building awareness so that every individual working in the industry is aware that Ben is there for them. With the ongoing financial support from the automotive community, we continue to help people through life’s toughest challenges when they need help the most.

Thank you for your continued support - you have helped us support thousands of automotive industry people this year.

1 in 4 are affected by mental health issues