Chefs to ditch social media to mark World Health Day - Oct 10th

Sat Bains
05/10/2018 - 10:17
A number of high-profile chefs will raise awareness of World Health Day on October 10th, by suspending their social media accounts in support of the Mental Health Foundation.

Among those already signed up are: Sat Bains, Paul Ainsworth, Richard Corrigan, Dan Doherty and Andrew Fairlie.

Raising awareness around mental health issues in the industry and the wider world, everyone involved will purchase a green ribbon badge with all proceeds going to the Mental Health Foundation.

Bains said: “Social media has become a massive part of all our lives, with the average Brit checking their phone as many as 28 times a day.

“It’s a great way to see what my industry colleagues are up to, who’s been eating where and, of course, it plays an important role in driving business to our restaurants.

“However, studies show a strong connection between social media and peoples’ mental health, and I think we should all give ourselves a bit of a break away from the online world, taking the time to reflect on our own mental health and considering the wellness of others.

“Many people in our industry struggle with mental health issues and I want to do what I can to raise awareness and encourage those battling with mental health issues to speak out.

“Taking a week-long break from social media is not a big ask for any of us, but if my fellow chefs and I can make any kind of difference and raise awareness for the amazing charities that help people, such as MIND and the Mental Health Foundation, then I will feel that we have achieved something positive.”

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