The world health organisation defines ‘Mental Health’ as ‘A State of Well-Being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make contribution to his or her community’.
Mental Ill Health can range from Depression, Anxiety, Substance misuse, Eating Disorders and Psyhosis.
It has been found that male site workers in the construction industry are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. Due to the stigma that still surrounds mental health, a large proportion of men feel unable to tell their friends, families and employees that they are struggling.
Unfortunately, this then results in them suffering in silence. These alarming statistics are a vivid reminder that we need to build a supportive culture to ensure that our employees receive the help and support they need to fully re-engage in work, family and life.
Need to talk?
Construction Industry Helpline
Call: 0345 605 1956
This helpline is Provided by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, it advises on a range of matters including occupational health and wellbeing, support and advice for people with stress, and home worries such as divorce, tax and financial concerns.
Call: 0300 123 3393
Mind is the leading mental health charity, they provide information on a range of topics including types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Call: 0800 58 58 58 (UK)
Webchat: https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat – Opening hours are 5pm – Midnight, every day.
CALM provide a helpline for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall, who need to talk or need to find information and support.
Prevention of Young Suicide – Papyrus
Call: 0800 068 41 41
Text: 07786 209697
Papyrus provide confidential help and advice to young people and anyone worried about a young person. Their HOPELineUK Service is staffed by trained professionals who give non-judgemental support, practical advice and information to; children, teenagers and people up to the age of 35.
Call: 0800 138 1111
Step Change provide the UK’s most comprehensive debt advice service. The team help people with debt problems take back control of their finacncs and their lives, with free debt advice.