What is Pilot Light?

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.

Founded by professional chefs, Andrew Clarke of Brunswick House and Doug Sanham of the Parade Room in Canterbury in 2018, 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 and addiction.

The campaign is delivered in partnership with Time to Change. Pilot Light’s voice is stronger and louder thanks to Time to Change, who lend the campaign marketing, PR and administrative support to extend its reach in addition to a wealth of mental health expertise and resources to support the sector and employees working in hospitality.

Why is it called Pilot Light?

Andrew Clarke explains: "When your pilot light goes out on the stove you can’t cook. The analogy being that we just want to keep the pilot light going. A pilot is also someone who can guide you.

It does feel like it’s limited to the kitchen and I don’t want it to be. We (chefs) are a massive voice in hospitality, but we are also a little broken voice which needs repairing.

I think we can lead the way to get people around the world talking about mental health which at the moment there is no solution to."

What does Pilot Light do?

Pilot Light has begun by looking to raise awareness of the depth of the issue in the hospitality sector by working with trade and national press and collaboratively with The Caterer in the development of its report into Mental Health in the Hospitality Sector to build an evidence base on which to develop our future plans.

In 2019, we hope to launch a print and digital awareness campaign with participating restaurants and employers that looks to address mental health stigma, but we need your support.

We cannot do this alone. We need your ideas, we need your connections. 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.