Letter from the Founders

We're so grateful for the support we've received worldwide from the hospitality, food and beverage community since we first started Not 9 to 5. Y'all are the reason we do what we do. What we love about this industry is the people. Although we recognize this industry has problematic aspects, we have hope for change and are inspired by the resilience and adversity we all have.


Our industry has high rates of mental health challenges and substance use so with this year being full of trying times we knew we had to act fast. Even in the darkest time, there is light and out of hardship comes growth.  We understand that the need for mental health and substance use support grows more every day. 


To address this emergency, Not 9 to 5 sought out funding in April and were successfully awarded funding in August. Now we are launching CNECTing, a platform to distribute educational courses and bring the hospitality, food and beverage community together. Research shows that mental health education and training can save lives so in honour of suicide prevention we created CNECTting.

CNECT stands for

Change Needs Everyone Coming Together. 


The first course by CNECTing is focused on the industry's mental health primary concerns. This course called Primary Concerns will educate and train you in mental health and substance use support skills to identify, understand and respond to crisis situations.


To sign up now for early access, click here


This course is for you and we want your involvement. Talk about it, repost it, whatever your form of sharing is-  it helps!  This will help us get the word out about this powerful tool that will help save lives.   

We can’t wait to share it with you!

Lots of love,


Hassel Aviles & Ariel Coplan

Founders, Not 9 to 5 Organization

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