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Mental health in the bar industry – Episode 22: With Brenna McHugh

Mental health in the bar industry

Portrait of Brenna McHughWe’ve talked quite a bit about mental health in the bar industry on this show recently, and I don’t think it’s a subject we’ll put to rest anytime soon. Bartending can be an incredibly taxing job. The sheer number of interactions we have with people every shift is mentally exhausting enough, not to mention all of the other challenges we face on top of that. Long, odd hours, low pay, physical labor and alcohol abuse can lead to mental health problems if we don’t take care of ourselves. But what can we do, and how do we begin to change?

My guest today is Brenna McHugh. She’s worked in the industry for more than ten years as a bartender, national spirits judge and brand ambassador. Recently, Brenna completed her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, with the specific goal of supporting mental health and career longevity in our industry. She currently works as a counselor at an inpatient substance abuse treatment center and leads talks and events about industry-wide mental health issues.

Brenna shared so much helpful advice on mental health in the bar industry. So be sure to listen to our conversation in the player, or wherever podcasts are found. Please share this with your friends and colleagues in the industry too, this is advice that can benefit everyone. Check out our homepage for much, much more and don’t forget to hit subscribe. I’ll see you next time!

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