PILOT LIGHT IS A CAMPAIGN FOCUSED ON CHANGING THE WAY PEOPLE THINK AND ACT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH THROUGH ADDRESSING THE INDUSTRY SPECIFIC CONTEXTS AND ENVIRONMENTS, FOUND IN PROFESSIONAL KITCHENS AND THE BROADER HOSPITALITY SECTOR.
Pilot Light was set up in November 2016 by chefs Andrew Clarke and Doug Sanham, with the aim to open up the dialogue about mental health within the hospitality industry. Since then, they have been using their experiences and voices to help others find theirs.
By texting ‘SHOUT’ to ‘85258’ you will be put in touch with a trained Crisis Volunteer (CV) who will chat to you using trained techniques via text.
The service is designed to help individuals to think more clearly and to take their next steps to feeling better.
Shout was publicly launched in May 2019, after a year long pilot phase. It is based on the successful US model Crisis Text Line.
Shout is part of Mental Health innovations (MHI), which was founded in November 2017. MHI was set up following the success of The Royal Foundation’s ‘Heads Together’ campaign, which identified how utilising digital platforms and tools has huge potential to offer support services to individuals struggling with their mental health.
They can help with urgent issues such as: