Whether in your personal life or professional capacity, sometimes it's OK to not be OK.
With the fast-paced nature of our industry, the uncertainty of the world we live in and juggling our personal lives, sometimes it can all become a little too much. And that's OK.
FairKitchens promotes mental health awareness and support for every Chef in every kitchen. We want to start the conversation about breaking the stigma around constantly trying to be OK, even when we're not.
Awareness of toxic positivity
When struggling with our mental health, it can be difficult to remind ourselves that “this is only a bad day” or “this too shall pass.” This toxic positivity suggests that we can ‘fix' our emotional pain with only a positive mindset. But this is not always true and can sometimes leave our emotional state feeling invalidated and even worse.
It's OK to have a bad day.
It's OK to not have everything sorted out.
It's OK to feel your feelings.
At the end of the day, we're only human. We cannot pick the emotions we have, and some days we just feel down even when nothing is wrong.
But there is great strength in accepting and being honest about the way we feel instead of avoiding our feelings. More often than not, this vulnerability helps us realise that we are not alone and that others understand our pain.
Our support goes beyond the kitchen. For any Chef struggling with their mental health, we are here to help you with our 24/7 Helpline in partnership with SADAG.
Our Helpline offers free telephonic counselling with nationwide referrals to mental health professionals and resources. We can help you with any question or problem you might have, or even just lend an ear if you need to talk to someone.
Important things to know about our helpline:
- All calls are confidential, and call-backs can be arranged to suit your availability.
- Counsellors offer practical solutions on how to manage your mental health better.
- We provide useful self-help tips and tools.
- We offer crisis intervention where counsellors can provide emergency intervention and case management, which might entail ambulance services, hospitalisation, police and check-in/follow ups calls.