BASF launches survey to break the silence on men’s mental health

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BASF has launched a survey to explore men’s mental health issues in the pest control industry.

Recognising the difficult circumstances many in the sector deal with on a daily basis, and the specific challenges men face when it comes to mental health, the company hopes to shine a light on this important topic by exploring real-life experiences of professional pest controllers.

The survey, which takes less than five minutes to complete, seeks to delve into the underlying factors contributing to poor mental health in the industry, exploring issues such as feelings of isolation on the road, work-related stress and striking a work-life balance.

Laurence Barnard, country business manager at BASF Pest Control, said: “In an industry where many are self-employed, spend long days alone, and dealing with customers in various emotional situations, being a pest technician can be incredibly tough.

“Yet, sadly we know that there is still sigma surrounding men’s mental health issues, and often we don’t know how to reach out for help or feel reluctant to do so.”

BASF hopes that the findings from the survey, which will be shared in June to coincide with Men’s Mental Health Awareness Week, will help destigmatise issues that many may face, encourage open conversations, and facilitate discussions among pest controllers.

Throughout the week, the company will provide advice on managing mental health, share useful resources and highlight support systems for those that need them.

Mr Barnard added: “This is an incredibly important and complex issue, and one that every individual in the industry will have had some experience with.

“While we know that we can’t single-handedly break down all the barriers in the sector, and indeed in society, we hope that the survey will offer pest controllers a safe place to share their honest opinions and experiences, which may in turn help out a fellow pestie in need.”

To complete the survey, click HERE.

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