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WA VENUES UNITE FOR MENTAL HEALTH

Throughout WA Mental Health Week, WA’s hospitality venues are uniting to drive donations towards Healthy Mind Menu Inc and help support the mental health of WA’s hospitality workers.

Australian Hotels Association (WA) CEO Bradley Woods said 2020 had been an extremely challenging year for WA’s hospitality industry, with COVID-19 causing unprecedented pressures associated with border restrictions, forced shutdowns and precarious job security.

“When we started Healthy Mind Menu Inc. we were aware that hospitality workers were already predisposed to facing higher rates of mental health issues, however COVID-19 has clearly exacerbated stress and anxiety throughout the workforce.”

“WA has done extraordinarily well in dealing with this crisis but we know that there is still a high degree of uncertainty in the industry, plus the struggles of this year have been significant for many.”

“Eighty per cent of hospitality workers have admitted that mental health is a challenge faced by the majority within the industry and so we know we need to do more to ensure workers have access to appropriate resources and practical assistance.”

“2020 might be a year to forget but it is important that we remember the mental health issues it may cause workers, owners and operators in our industry.”

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