SA Chefs Education Team Offers Top Tips for Examination Preparation | SA Chef Media
Another year is drawing to a close and culinary students and lecturers across the country are gearing up to prepare to write theory exams and cook their hearts out during their practical assessments.
October is mental health awareness month in South Africa, and we look at some top tips that students and lecturers can use to prioritise their mental health while preparing for these assessments and how to access the correct support during tis stressful time.
On this Mental Health Day, let's take a moment to acknowledge the unique challenges that chefs and culinary professionals face in the high-pressure, demanding world of gastronomy. Behind the scenes of exquisite dishes and culinary artistry, there often lies a silent struggle with mental health.
The relentless hours, intense kitchens, and the pursuit of perfection can lead to stress, anxiety, and burnout.
Chefs, much like artists, invest their heart and soul into their craft, and this commitment can sometimes come at the cost of their well-being.
As we savour the flavours of their creations, it's important to remember that chefs are not invincible. They too need support, understanding, and open conversations about mental health.
Let's create a culture where seeking help is not a sign of weakness but a courageous step toward balance and resilience.
This Mental Health Awareness Day, let's stand in solidarity with chefs and all those in the culinary world, recognising that their mental health matters just as much as the artistry they bring to our plates. It's time to break the stigma and foster a healthier, more compassionate culinary community.
Help is out there! See below contact details if you need any assistance.
24-HOUR TOLL-FREE EMERGENCY HELPLINES
Suicide Crisis Helpline 0800 567 567
Department of Social Development Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 12 13 14 / SMS 32312
Cipla Mental Health Helpline 0800 456 789 SMS 31393
NPOwer SA Helpline 0800 515 515 SMS 43010
Healthcare Workers Care Network Helpline 0800 21 21 21 / SMS 43001
UFS #Fair Kitchens Chefs Helpline 0800 006 333
TOLL-FREE HELPLINES 8AM-8PM
Dr Reddy’s Mental Health Helpline 0800 21 22 23
Adcock Ingram Depression & Anxiety Helpline 0800 70 80 90
ADHD Helpline 0800 55 44 33
Pharma Dynamics Police & Trauma Helpline 0800 20 50 26
WHATSAPP NUMBERS 8AM – 5PM
Cipla Mental Health 076 882 2775
Maybelline BraveTogether 087 163 2030
Ke Moja Substance Abuse 087 163 2025
OTHER HELPLINES 8AM-8PM
SADAG (SA Depression & Anxiety Group) 011 234 4837