NOT 9 TO 5 IS A NON-PROFIT GLOBAL LEADER IN MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY FOR THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE SECTOR.
Through practical education and meaningful community-building, we are reimagining the industry by breaking stigmas and fuelling hope.
What's new for Not 9 to 5?
Our industry had high rates of mental health and substance use challenges even before the global pandemic hit. As prolonged COVID-19 related lockdowns continue across Canada and around the world, the global mental health epidemic grows amongst one of the largest and most vulnerable work forces.
The restaurant and foodservice sector has reached a critical point where survival of the industry as a whole, may not be an option if viable widespread relief doesn’t arrive soon.
Not 9 to 5 is thrilled to announce that we were recently granted funding from The Future Skills Centre (FSC) to help bring critical support to the hospitality industry. Mind Your Health is a program that will provide mental health education and substance use support for those affected in the food and beverage service industry from back of house staff to managers.
The initial stage of programming by Mind Your Health, will be to conduct a comprehensive, nation-wide research on the state of substance use and workplace mental health in the service and hospitality sector in Canada. After formal research, Not 9 to 5 will launch an online educational guidebook designed for mass comprehension across the sector, followed by a webinar series featuring mental health experts and key findings from the survey. This will be followed by a certification program to continue breaking stigmas, deepening practical mental health awareness and education for workers, and encouraging decision-makers in the industry to practise accountability.
CNECT stands for - Change Needs Everyone Coming Together.
Our first educational course by CNECTing was focused on the industry's specific pain points. It's called Primary Concerns and will train you in mental health and substance use support skills to identify, understand and respond to crisis situations. As a beta launch in late 2020, Not 9 to 5 launched Primary Concerns to hundreds of eager participants who provided meaningful feedback. We will be launching a new revised version in May 2021 in honour of Mental Health Week and Month in both Canada and the USA. Until then, we've made our tools available for free! To download and access the free Primary Concerns tools, please click here.
CNECTing Primary Concerns was developed thanks to the funding by Canadian Red Cross in 2020.