Aftermarket solutions provider, Alliance Transport Technologies (ATT), has partnered with M.I.N.T (Men in Need Together) organisation to give men in the automotive industry a voice when it comes to mental health.
M.I.N.T works across a range of sectors offering support groups where men can open up about how they’re feeling and support each other in a safe environment. The organisation also offers one to one counselling and has experience talking to those working within the automotive industry.
ATT recognised the importance of highlighting mental health as the company works with so many individuals involved with different aspects of the automotive industry. From field service team members who are out on the road, to an in-house engineer, ATT aims to ensure all members of the team have a healthy relationship with work.
The nature of some male dominated industries, such as automotive, often calls for independence, working away or long hours which can lead to individuals feeling isolated or alone.
Marc Haley, director of ATT, said: “This is a subject very close to our hearts at Alliance Transport Technologies. Having seen first-hand the devastating effects of poor mental health, we knew it was imperative to offer support and give a voice to our employees, as well as raising awareness to all those within the sector that they are not alone.”
Men aged 45-49 have the highest suicide rate in the UK and as 84% of employees in the automotive sector are male, the organisation aims ensure support is available and accessible to all men within the industry.
Joshua Sturgeon, founder of M.I.N.T, said: “One of our key goals as an organisation is to create a safe space where men can be open and honest about their feelings. There’s a lot of stigma around mental health for men and it can often be seen as weak to speak up when feeling low. This isn’t the case and working alongside Alliance Transport Technologies we’re hoping to bring this into the open and help individuals when feeling under pressure. It’s more important than ever in industries heavily dominated by men as we combat mental health head on.”