Mental Health has become the hottest topic in the industry with the number of sufferers increasing year-on-year at an alarming rate. Over 450 construction workers committed suicide in 2016 and statistics now show that each day, two construction workers take their own life.
Whilst the stigma of mental health within the industry slowly disappears, there remains much work to be done with regard to informing and educating people, as well as signposting help and resources.
New research following a survey by Randstad has shown that fears amidst these shocking statistics may lead 25% of construction workers to leave the industry by the end of this year. Reasons for this were cited as high levels of stress and work/life imbalance. In addition, 73% of respondents felt that their employers did not recognise the early signs of mental health problems. With almost 400,000 worker-days lost every year due to poor mental health, the UK construction industry cannot afford to ignore this issue.
Building Mental Health is an industry-wide framework and charter to tackle the mental health crisis in the construction industry. Chris Ivey, Director at THSP Risk Management, early signatories of the Charter, spoke passionately on the subject at UK Construction Week last October at the NEC.
Chris Ivey confirms: “1 in 6 working adults in the UK will experience mental health issues. That’s 60 times the capacity of Wembley Stadium! www.buildingmentalhealth.net have started something positive and I am pleased to be continuing that great work when I speak at UK Construction Week this year”.
THSP Risk Management are passionate about the wellbeing of all people, especially those within the construction industry, which sees the highest suicide rates. THSP aim to work towards ensuring everyone has positive mental wellbeing in the workplace and our consultant team are all trained to deliver “Start the Conversation” workshops. These are the first steps towards providing a positive framework for encouraging mental health. We are also guiding our customers to identify suitable mental health support and mental health first aid training to help and support those around you, as well as some practical skills to spot the triggers and signs of mental health and how to deal with such cases.
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