Chris North, managing director of Vertical Systems, opens up to TTG about his mental health struggles and urges others to speak out in a mental health-focused Face To Face interview.
As the travel industry continues to face challenges brought by coronavirus, it’s never been more important to talk about mental health.
Those were the words of Chris North, managing director of Vertical Systems, who joined TTG’s Tom Parry today for a mental health-focused Face To Face.
North, who first spoke publicly to TTG about his 10-year struggle with depression in May, revealed that since his article was published he has been approached by colleagues, clients and friends who have opened up to him about their own mental health battles.
He now runs regular coffee mornings with Vertical Systems staff, during which people can talk openly about their own experiences.
Speaking about the impact of coronavirus on the travel industry and the toll it is taking on travel professionals, North said: “With the refunds situation, people in the travel industry are being treated like a punch bag and it will affect their mental health.”
He urged people who are suffering to speak out. “This is an attempt to get people talking about their mental health,” said North. “I was someone who didn’t talk about it for a long time and I wish I’d spoken out earlier. Talking is a therapy in itself.”