Supporting Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction

Published on 15th May 2022
Mental Health Awareness Month ribbon

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.

Mental Health Issues in Construction

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:

  • 26% of construction workers had experienced suicidal thoughts
  • 91% felt overwhelmed
  • Every day, 2 construction workers take their own lives

Also according to Lighthouse, stress, depression and anxiety account for 27% of all work-related illness in construction.

How Lighthouse Is Helping

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:

  • A 24/7 helpline
  • The Construction Industry Helpline app
  • Wellbeing training, including FREE masterclasses (see below)
  • Various learning resources for wellbeing in different areas of life

Lighthouse’s Free Masterclasses

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.

For info about these masterclasses, visit Lighthouse’s Events calendar for available dates.

Among these masterclasses are three new classes Lighthouse have launched this year, also free of charge:

  • Crossing the line – Banter vs Bullying
  • Promoting Happiness
  • Taking control – Alcohol and Drugs

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:

UK: 0345 605 1956
ROI: 1800 939 122
Or text HARDHAT to 85258 (UK) or 50808 (ROI)

Don’t forget: if you’re struggling, or you know someone who might be, don’t be afraid to reach out.