You may or may not know but this week is mental health awareness week.

I am not an expert on this subject, this article is purely intended to help with momentum/profile of this issue and help support facilities like Mates in Mind. 

Below are some of the very concerning stats surrounding this topic in the construction industry;

  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year (Mind UK).
  • A Mind and YouGov poll (2014) found that over half of workers (56 per cent) found their work very or quite stressful.
  • In construction, employing some 2.1million workers (constituting 6% of the UK workforce), some 350,000 people experience a mental health issue at any one time
  • Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 45 in the UK, with 76% of all suicides in 2014 being men (ONS, NISRA, GRO 2014).
  • Research suggests that in the construction sector, people could be 10 times more likely to die by suicide than from on-site accidents

Through taking action to tackle the topics highlighted, everyone within the industry can play an important role in making a difference, and ultimately improving the image of construction and indeed other industries.