HBF extends training and launches new toolkit to promote mental health awareness in home building

15 May, 2024

HBF extends training and launches new toolkit to promote mental health awareness in home building

This Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19 May), the Home Builders Federation (HBF) is calling on home builders to continue in their efforts to raise awareness of mental health issues and guide those in need to access essential support.

Every year, 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem[1] and in the construction industry, stress, anxiety or depression account for 27% of all reported work-related illnesses[2]. While awareness of mental health has risen, there is still a need to ensure everyone can access support when they need it.

Since 2019, HBF and its members have been working in partnership with the Lighthouse Construction Industry charity to promote mental health awareness and fight the stigma attached to it. As part of Mental Health Awareness week, HBF has worked with Lighthouse to create a mental health awareness toolkit for members to use to educate their workforce on mental health and encourage open and positive conversations.

In addition, HBF has extended its free mental health awareness training to those working in small and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) and the supply chain throughout 2024. This will enable SMEs and supply chain workers to get essential support and training in helping individuals in need as well as managing their own mental health and wellbeing.

Mental health awareness continues to be a priority for HBF in 2024 and beyond. Remember, support is always available, nobody is alone. If you or someone you know needs support now, the Lighthouse charity offers a number of valuable services including a free 24/7 helpline – 0345 605 1956 and for those who may not feel comfortable speaking on the phone, support can be accessed through the self-support app (on IOS and Android) and text message service by texting HARDHAT to 85258.

By offering access to valuable support services and resources we can make sure that no one struggles alone and that we prioritise positive mental health and well-being for all.

[1] Mind (2024), www.mind.org.uk/get-involved/mental-health-awareness-week/
[2] Lighthouse Construction Industry charity (2023), www.lighthouseclub.org/workforce-wellbeing/

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