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Chefs and restaurateurs speak out about stress, depression in the industry

The brutal nature of restaurant-kitchen culture is part of the problem, many in the industry say. Physical and emotional toughness is prized and workplace conventions like 40-hour workweeks, breaks and professional courtesy can be foreign concepts. At the same time, young people raised watching “Top Chef” and Food Network now enter the profession with high expectations—and debt loads—once rare in this largely blue-collar field.

Just over 15 million people—roughly 10% of the U.S. workforce—are employed in some part of the restaurant industry, according to the National Restaurant Association. The industry’s long hours, intense work, high stress and scarcity of employer-subsidized health insurance are all classic contributors to mental and behavioral health problems, says David Ballard, the head of the American Psychological Association’s Center for Organizational Excellence. read more – https://on.wsj.com/2zcgM7z

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