The latest Ben Impact update is out now, which shows that Ben saw mental health concerns double during October-December last year. There was a 50% rise in people asking Ben for help with their mental health – this has gone from 10% in July-Sept to 20% in Oct-Dec.
During the quarter, mental health was also the second biggest reason why people contacted Ben for help, compared with the previous quarter when concerns about physical health featured most prominently. We believe this has been driven by the increase in awareness raised during Ben’s mental health campaign period, from October to December 2016, which culminated in the organisation’s first ever national industry fundraising event, Hats on 4 Mental Health Day. So Ben would like to thank everyone for their support in helping them to spread the word and taking part in this important campaign which raised over £11,000.
The report also shows that over half (52%) of requests for help were from people concerned about their finances, an increase on last quarter’s figure of 49%. You can find some advice about finances and how to deal with debt by CLICKING HERE.
During the quarter, Ben’s payroll giving team visited 148 dealerships, delivered 748 presentations to 2,761 employees in the industry, resulting in a total of £26,000 new payroll pledges. Ben’s thanks go to all those who are supporting the organisation’s work in this way.