Industry charity Hospitality Action has launched an industry-wide mental health survey in light of the added pressures caused by the coronavirus crisis.

Following an initial study commissioned in 2018 that found 46% of respondents had struggled with mental health in the last 12 months, the charity has urged as many people as possible to take part, anticipating the current climate could prompt an increase in mental health concerns.

The findings will help the group further develop its mental health provision, which includes access to counselling services and a range of resources for managers and staff to improve mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Over the past few months, Hospitality Action’s mental health advice hub has launched more than 15 new help pages, covering issues including home-schooling, debt advice and coping with bereavement, and it has said it will be rolling out additional resources to support managers and staff impacted by restructuring and job losses.

“We know from the increased calls to our helpline and the unprecedented demand for financial assistance that people at all levels in the industry are currently experiencing extreme pressure,” said charity CEO Mark Lewis.

“We wanted to take the temperature now, during this difficult time, to discover how Hospitality Action and other agencies in the sector can come together to support the industry during its most challenging time.

“Operators are understandably concerned about their ability to continue to trade, but the last few months have also been a great leveller, with many businesses realising that there’s never been a more important time to take care of the teams they have left after painful restructuring and closures.”