What is Mental Health?
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. (Mentalhealth.gov)
The UK is facing huge mental health challenges at work and the human cost of poor mental health at work is high. Over 300,000 people now state that they have long term mental health problems and 15% of people in work have symptoms of existing mental health conditions.
The cost to employers is also high with an annual cost of between £33-42 billion coming from presenteeism (individuals who are less productive due to poor mental health), sickness, absence and staff turnover.
The construction industry is one of the worst affected by mental health due to the number of high risk jobs. 56.7% of employees have experienced mental health issues and 63.3% said that they have hidden the real reasons why they have been absence, illustrating that there is still a stigma around mental health.
To help you understand the issues facing the sector, Telford Homes have put together a video on how the industry can work together to raise awareness and support employees.
Get involved in the campaign
The Home Building Skills Partnership is here to help employers understand mental health issues and how they can support their employees.
Some easy steps that you can do:
Pledge a donation to the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. The charity does not receive any public funding but delivers vital support to our workforce, including the provision of a confidential 24/7 construction industry helpline and retraining workers who have been injured or who have suffered from an illness, which means they cannot return to their normal work. To send a donation email email@example.com for more information.
Get your staff to know the signs:
- increased lateness, absenteeism and presenteeism (showing up to work physically, but not being able to function)
- decreased productivity due to distraction and cognitive slowing
- lack of self-confidence
- isolation from peers
- agitation and increased interpersonal conflict among co-workers
- increased voluntary and involuntary attrition
- increased feelings of being overwhelmed
- decreased problem-solving ability.
The Home Builders Federation is working closely with construction charity, the Lighthouse Club. There are a number of resources and information that are available for employees who are experiencing mental health issues and you can help to share these.
A 24/7 construction industry helpline is available to provide employees and their families with support on 0345 605 1956.
For those that do not feel comfortable discussing their feelings or personal circumstances, a construction industry helpline app has been created to give individuals information, advice and guidance on how to relieve the long term effects of stress, anxiety or depression. To find out more and to access the app visit www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/our-app.html.
To actively promote the helpline and the support that is available to your employees, helpline packs and stickers are available to purchase. Providing your offices with posters and cards. To purchase your helpline pack visit www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/store/c2/Construction_Industry_Helpline_Packs.html