In Twin Cities, a push to get bar, restaurant workers mental health benefits they need – Minneapolis Star Tribune

To casual bar and restaurant patrons, the cooks, servers and bartenders they interact with on any given night are largely invisible.

They might notice water glasses refilled, plates removed, a tab placed unobtrusively on the table as the evening wraps up. They don’t see the hectic work environment lived by many in the food service industry: Late nights and unpredictable schedules. Demanding bosses and lack of control. Easy access to alcohol but rarely affordable access to health care.

These realities place food service workers at a higher than average risk for addiction, depression, sleep problems and other health problems — issues that gained prominence after the death of celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.