ITC met with Lane Cove Local and Chef Liam Crawley to find out about a project that he is very passionate about. He is launching an innovative organisation to raise awareness of the suicide crisis in the hospitality industry throughout Australia and building partnerships to support workers. Hospo For Life is a unique partnership which will provide practical support to workers in all aspects of hospitality – from front of house, to kitchen, to administration.
Almost 1 in 5 Australians who take their own life each year work in the hospitality industry, with irregular hours, reduced family time and substance abuse frequently factoring in the tragic outcome. With rising casualisation throughout the industry financial stress is also a key factor impacting the mental health and wellbeing of hospitality workers.
Why Launch Hospo For Life?
Speaking prior to the launch of Hospo For Life, Liam outlined the unique circumstances which have driven him to create the initiative.
“I’ve spent more than two decades in this industry, and I’ve seen too many people who feel like they have no support when times get tough. The kitchen can be an incredibly lonely place, and most chefs aren’t celebrities with groups of people around them demanding their advice. Most chefs earn enough to look after their family, and simply don’t have the time or flexibility to take a day off to seek the help that they know they need.”
“Every day and night in this city and this country, we’ve got people who are giving up spending dinner with their family in order to make or serve dinner to another family. When we consider that workers are working through Christmas, Easter and other significant holidays we often forget the impact on those workers. Penalty rates can help keep a roof over your head, but there is no amount of money that can make up for being with your family – for that we need to make sure people are supported.”
Hospo For Life has partnered with the Altius Group, a specialised workplace health and wellbeing organisation, who will provide psychological counselling services and mental wellbeing programs specifically tailored to address the challenges faced by hospitality workers. This will include access to the AltiusLife app which provides real time access to mental health and wellbeing resources on a worker’s smartphone, giving them help when and where they need it.
Altius CEO and Co-Founder Derick Borean welcomed the partnership with Hospo For Life.
“Failing mental health is a real and unfolding tragedy throughout Australia, deeply affecting the hospitality industry. Making a tangible difference to workers on the ground through Hospo For Life is one way we can assist those who are finding life too hard and are struggling to cope. We want to give hospitality workers the same opportunity for mental health support given to workers in the corporate and government space. It doesn’t matter what you choose to do to make a living, you deserve to be supported when you need a helping hand, and Hospo For Life is dedicated to doing just that.”
Hospo For Life Official Launch
Hospo For Life is being launched at the Club of United Businesses on May 24. If you would like to attend the launch you can book here.
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