One of the problems that worry Americans is the rise in suicide rates over the past years. Experts have linked the situation with a variety of factors most common being depression.
A crisis like an increased number of suicides demands a viable solution. If no proper timely measure is taken then it won’t be long before the problem accelerates.
On the flip side, there is some good news coming from Sacramento, California.
A chef at a local restaurant is putting in his best effort to help prevent suicides among people. How he does that, will be explored later in this article. Yet, suffice to say by providing the employees with a homelike environment, the chef wants to do something for a good cause.
The B&L Restaurant
The B&L restaurant is located not far from downtown Sacramento. The place aims at providing the customers with freshly made food cooked from farm-based ingredients. There is more to that than just the food being offered at the restaurant.
Mr Patrick Mulvaney is the head chef at B&L and has dedicated his entire life serving for patients suffering from chronic depression. More importantly, Mulvaney looks out to employ people who have had any suicidal tendencies. By providing them with a loving and comfortable environment, he plans on fighting the problem of suicide.
For certain, Mr Mulvaney’s efforts need some acknowledgement. Not long back, he assisted homeless and domestic violence victims in overcoming their difficulties. Now he plans on going one step ahead and target the goal of reducing suicide among people.
So far, a dozen employees, with a history of suicide attempt(s), have been hired. One such employee, Noah Zonca, who happens to be a good friend of Mulvaney seems to be working fine after he started working at B&L.
Stories like that of Zonca is among hundreds of stories the employees have to tell. Some of them have had a traumatic past while others found it difficult to cope with excessive stress. However, B&L has its doors open for all.
Mr Mulvaney treats everyone like a family. He gets assistance from institutions like WellSpace Health that work for the betterment of mentally disabled people. Apart from performing normal working hour duties, the employees are also subjected to free therapy sessions.
These sessions aim at fighting suicide by providing the people with proper comprehensive counselling.
Rising suicide rates in the Restaurant Industry
It is certainly true that suicide has affected every segment of the population. No one group finds itself safe from the intensity of this issue. Thereby, the problem has also taken over the restaurant industry where the cases seem to have to rose in the past years.
A 2016 survey provides valuable insight into suicide. The study interviewed 2000 restaurant workers and found that 73% suffered some sort of mental condition. Among the 73% figure, a major chunk had a history of substance abuse and exhibited suicidal tendencies.
Patrick Mulvaney should certainly be appreciated for his utmost efforts. Together if all of us are able to contribute something towards the issue, then we can see a decline in the suicide rates.