We have reached the end of Mental Health Awareness Week (but not Mental Health Awareness Month), and it has been a great opportunity to examine mental health in the construction industry. But positive mental health is a constant, ongoing concern for us all and something we value greatly at Avonside. Going forward, we must consider what we can keep on doing to look after ourselves and each other.
In a study compiled by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity (a charity we have been proud to support), they established some disturbing figures about the industry:
Also according to Lighthouse, stress, depression and anxiety account for 27% of all work-related illness in construction.
Fortunately, Lighthouse offers plenty of resources to help combat these figures and improve our working lives. Through their Construction Industry Helpline, they offer free support for all construction workers and their families, including:
You can find these one-hour interactive classes online for free. Focusing on various topics, their aim is to build employees’ confidence to talk about their mental health and promote a healthy, thriving work environment.
Among these masterclasses are three new classes Lighthouse have launched this year, also free of charge:
If you think you are struggling with any of these areas, we encourage you to take a look and give it a try.
Until then, you can always call the Construction Industry Helpline, or request a call or email, for confidential support on various problems you might be facing, available 24/7:
Don’t forget: if you’re struggling, or you know someone who might be, don’t be afraid to reach out.