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CABA Venting Machine - CABA Venting Machine

CABA launch new campaign and mental health services

CABA has launched a new campaign called 'Drop the Pressure' to highlight the pressures and the stress felt by young accountants. They have also launched new mental health support service 'Kooth'.

Drop the pressure campaign

As part of the campaign, CABA, the charity that supports the wellbeing of chartered accountants and their families, has created, for one day only, 'The Venting Machine', in Canary Wharf, right in the heart of London's financial district. 

Open all day, it's a pop-up, soundproof-booth, where you can come and privately 'let off steam'. Yell, rant, seethe or scream, and if you let off enough steam The Venting Machine will turn it into a personalised frothy coffee, your very own CABACCINO.

CABA's venting machine will be available on 12 November 2019 at Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5NY - from 7am to 7pm.

Kooth - mental health support

XenZone, the UK’s digital mental health pioneer, has been commissioned by CABA to provide its online counselling and wellbeing support service, Kooth. The service will be available through CABA to the ICAEW community (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales), ACA students, past and present ICAEW staff and their close families. 

It will see Kooth being offered for free to 11-25 year old ACA students, ICAEW members and their children.CABA’s own research highlights the mental health issues facing the accountancy profession, with 1 in 4 in the industry between the ages of 18-24 thinking about quitting their job everyday. Often this is due to the crippling pressures of mounting workload and stress faced daily.

Through CABA’s partnership with XenZone, Chartered Accountants and their children will have 24-hour access to self-help materials as well as goal-setting and mood-tracking tools. The online service hosts moderated live forums, allowing for peer-to-peer support and interactive messaging with counsellors. Users are also able to drop-in or book anonymous online counselling sessions with qualified therapists who are available in the evenings and at weekends; sessions are available on weekdays from 12pm and 10pm, and from 6pm to 10pm on weekends. 

MaryJane Gunn, Support Manager at CABA, said: ‘Our research highlights that young people are wrestling with stress daily and can be unhappy and anxious. We hope that our partnership with XenZone to offer Kooth and its services to ICAEW members and their children will really help to reduce the pressure on young people. We also know that often younger people within the industry don’t ask for help for fear of showing weakness. We hope that this new partnership gives an anonymous outlet for them to turn to, preventing them from suffering alone.’ 

Source: CABA