Shocking UK Construction Statistic
Issues around Mental Health have been receiving a fair amount of media coverage as various high profile public figures speak out on the subject and recently we heard a truly disturbing statistic that brought the issue right to our front door: the UK construction industry has a suicide rate of around 3-4 times the national average across all employment sectors; two construction workers will take their own lives every working day. The factors behind the statistic may be culturally entrenched and may not be easy to fix overnight, but the good news is that there are organisations offering Mental Health training for construction companies and immediate emergency help to those in the industry experiencing extreme anxiety and stress.
One of the largest is the Lighthouse Club Construction Industry Charity and Quadrant Building Control has recently become an official Company Supporter.
The Lighthouse Club 3 main activities
- The Construction Industry Helpline is available 24/7 on 0345 605 1956. It offers immediate mental health and well-being support and refers to professional counselling services
- The Building Mental Health portal- in partnership with CITB- creating a framework and charter for mental health in the industry and providing companies with support and resources for Mental Health training
- Delivering emergency financial aid, support and advice to construction workers’ families in crisis
Our role as an Approved Inspector brings us into contact with people across the whole construction process and so, in addition to providing financial sponsorship, we as a company are well placed to promote awareness and to distribute information about Lighthouse activities across various channels.
If you’d like to help, you don’t have to spend a lot of money; a few pounds will get you some factsheets/ posters/ and helpline cards that you can pass around to colleagues, clients and suppliers. https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/products.html
Building Mental Health in Construction:
0345 605 1956
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