College leader who wants to promote mental health awareness in the hospitality industry

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A Coleg Cambria leader has been selected to help promote mental health awareness and support in the hospitality industry.

Work-based Learning Manager Kate Muddiman is the North Wales Ambassador for The Burnt Chef Project.

The global organization provides education, guidance and resources to tackle stigma, as more than four in five leisure industry professionals reported experiencing at least one mental health issue or episode during their career.

The news comes after Kate and the Hospitality team at Coleg Cambria – with offices in Deeside, Wrexham, Llysfasi and Northop – were nominated in the Outstanding Impact in Catering Education category at this year’s The Burnt Chef Project Awards.

“It is a huge honor to be the sole representative of North Wales, for myself and for the college,” said Kate.

“Discovering The Burnt Chef Project initiatives led to an immediate connection for me, as I am passionate about transforming the conversation around mental health and trauma in the workplace and educational settings, with the goal of improving our environment.

“With a background in the hospitality industry and both of my children immersed in the industry, I am driven to be an outspoken advocate for positive change in a historically difficult arena, but attitudes are beginning to change.”

She added: “Leading a work-based learning team in the hospitality industry, I see first-hand how work environments can quickly impact mental wellbeing.

“My curiosity led me to undertake postgraduate training in Trauma, Attachment and Mental Health, and by applying this knowledge within my university’s trauma team – and with our industry partners – I can help bring about positive change for staff, students and employers by providing support and education to enable transformations.

“Clear progress has been made in reducing mental health stigma, yet our journey towards comprehensive change continues. I look forward to supporting The Burnt Chef Project to help drive this change, and at Coleg Cambria we will continue our good work raising awareness of this issue.”

Speaking about the Ambassador Scheme, The Burnt Chef Project said: “We aim to build an international community of diverse hospitality professionals with lived experience of mental illness.

“The network acts as a peer-support ‘web’ around the world and with combined efforts we can host weekly group chats, personal check-ins and regular events.

“Our goal is to be the largest international peer support network within the hospitality industry.”

For more information about The Burnt Chef Project, visit The Burnt Chef Project | Hospitality Mental health awareness.

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