08 September 2023
We will all likely know a colleague who is affected by mental health issues. Installers and contractors working in plumbing and heating are often involved in physically demanding work, working to tight deadlines, and can be in stressful situations which can quickly take their toll if left unchecked.
Recent research from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that suicide rates among those in the construction industry rose to an all-time high in 2021.
Devastatingly, construction workers are now four times more likely to take their own lives compared to those in other sectors. So, the risk is real and it’s vital that we are all alert to the warning signs.
Mental health is an incredibly complex area, and we like so many other businesses are on a journey to raise awareness of its importance.
We encourage a culture where people can openly discuss their mental health without fear of judgement. An environment that makes it clear that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.
In support of Suicide Prevention Week, we’ve compiled some resources for those looking for extra information and support:
• Construction Industry Helpline: A 24/7 safety net available to all construction workers and their families in the UK and Ireland.
• Band of Builders: An active community of over 50,000 builders, dedicated to helping tradespeople in need.
• CALM campaign: Offering support, guidance, and call/chat services.
• Text SHOUT TO 85258: A crisis text service for mental health advice.
• Samaritans: An advice helpline for emotional and suicidal support.
• Papyrus: Confidential advice for young people.
Let's unite to end the stigma around mental health and ensure that everyone in our industry understands they are not alone in their mental health journey.