MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Not everybody feels comfortable talking about their feelings or their personal situation. But work-related stress, anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts are all too common in construction. It’s a rewarding career but it’s not always an easy one.
Mental ill health is when someone develops a diagnosable problem related to their mental health, such as an anxiety disorder, depression, or an eating disorder, or experiences less severe symptoms such as low mood or mild anxiety which could worsen if ignored. Stress is a fact of life for many people, but it can also be the cause of/the result of mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders.
The workforce is any organisation’s biggest asset, so it is important to look after your team’s wellbeing as poor mental health can result in low morale, poor timekeeping, lack of motivation, poor productivity and decision making, in addition to increased illness and absence from work.
Mental ill health can not only have an impact upon work performance and personal lives, but also impact people physically through poor physical health including high blood pressure, stomach ulcers and increased risk of heart attack as well as risk of drug and alcohol abuse.
In the construction industry, stress, anxiety and depression can often develop from heavy workloads, long working hours, travel, family separation, fear of redundancy and job insecurity, financial and budgeting pressures, tight deadlines and high risk activities. The male dominated nature of construction and the stereotypical image of the tough male who does not show emotion can lead to people feeling alone and not voicing their struggles.
Hollybrook operate an 'open door' policy. If you are feeling stressed or depressed you can talk to site Management.
We can advise on where to get help.
Charities and advice organisations
The charity Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing mental health problems, and raise awareness and promote understanding to the wider community.
Rethink Mental Illness provides expert, accredited advice and information to everyone affected by mental health problems.
Mind and Rethink Mental Illness have partnered to deliver Time to Change, England’s biggest programme to challenge mental health stigma and discrimination.
Time to Change Wales campaigns to improve knowledge and understanding about mental illness and, most importantly of all, get people talking about mental health.
The Samaritans provide confidential, non-judgmental emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those that could lead to suicide.
Heads Together is a campaign led by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, seeking to change the conversation on mental health and end the stigma.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) is dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK.
PAPYRUS is committed to preventing suicide among young people under 35, providing a confidential support and advice helpline and offering training sessions.
Counselling Life Advice Suicide Prevention (CLASP) is a charity focusing on the stigma of mental and stress related illness, trauma and suicide.