Ignite The Conversation


  • We want our support to be accessible to everyone.

  • Our long term objective is to prevent long-term mental health in the hospitality sector.

  • For chefs to continue in their profession past the age of 35 years.

The campaign is unapologetically bold in its approach to combating mental health stigma and hopes to act as a beacon of support to those affected by common-place issues such as depression.

  • We work with restaurants, hotels and suppliers, spreading the ethos of Pilot Light and raising awareness of our campaign.
  • We are working on training packages designed to address stigma in hospitality and we are working alongside other Mental Health organisations to achieve this.
  • Provide innovative technology by way of an app for both employers and employees which will monitor, measure and assist the user.
  • Offer workshops which will cover a host of topics designed to increase productivity & safeguarding

We will invite all partner organisations to sign up to the Pilot Light Pledge, showing their commitment and support for change in the industry including:

(a) creating an environment where speaking openly about mental health problems is as normal as speaking about physical health problems

(b) to put safeguards and practises in place to identify and monitor the wellbeing of their staff.


    Our stories

  • Darryl Quested

    I always find it difficult to explain my anxiety and depression to people, it all began with me at a young age, being diagnosed with GAD and depression at the age of 13 (the year my mother was first diagnosed with cancer) Read More

  • James Douglas

    Before my entire world began to collapse around me, I thought I had everything under control.  I thought I had it all together and from the outside, to those looking in, I did. Read More

  • Selin Kiazim

    I come from a culture that does not see depression as a ‘thing’ - legitimate, common, or otherwise. Read More

  • Jamie Tandoh

    Our day begins at 5am. We open the doors early and wave goodbye to the last customers nearly 10 hours later. Read More

  • Ben Davy

    For me it was culmination of 5 or 6 years of a particularly hard slog. Taking on more, stretching myself too thinly, never learning to say 'no'. Read More

  • Hannah Clare

    I have had issues with my mental health as long as I can remember, I have always been a natural performer and carer, just wanting to spread some joy and putting others before myself. Read More

  • Jools Moore

    Mental health week was last month. For me it’s every week, every day, every hour, sometimes the minute I’m in. I live with a brain that’s outta control sometimes. I’ve trained it to be on par….mostly. Read More

  • Tom

    As a fledgling restaurateur I found myself feeling responsible for every little thing that went wrong. Read More

We cannot do this alone! Together, we can create a community of like-minded professionals united by a common cause: to shine a light on these issues and act as a beacon of support to those affected by them.

Contact us at to continue this conversation.