Letter from the Founders

Not 9 to 5 is a non-profit global leader in mental health advocacy for the foodservice sector. Through practical education and meaningful community-building, we are reimagining the industry by breaking stigmas and fuelling hope.


Our industry had high rates of mental health and substance use challenges even before the global pandemic hit. Since the first lockdown and the increased stress, trauma, grief and uncertainty of 2020, we knew we had to act fast. 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 a federal grant in August 2020. We launched CNECTing, an educational platform to bring the food service community together. Mental health education and training can save lives and act as suicide prevention.

CNECT stands for

Change Needs Everyone Coming Together. 


Our first educational course by CNECTing is 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. We launched it to hundreds of eager participants last year and are currently working on inputting their feedback. Our revised version will launch in 2021. Until then, we've made our tools available for free!


To download and access the free tools,  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!

Not 9 to 5 Organization

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