Mental Health and well-being has moved up the agenda for employers in recent years. Research shows that the number of deaths from suicide in the construction industry is a shocking 10 times higher than those from fatal accidents at work.
With one in six people in the workplace experiencing a mental health issue in their lifetime, the Centre for Mental Health estimates that 91 million working days are lost each year, a cost equivalent to all UK employers of £26bn.
Supported by the British Safety Council, the Health in Construction Leadership Group have set up a new programme to help employers address the issue of mental health.
Mates in Mind – Tackling Mental Health
The new programme called ‘Mates in Mind’ will aim to help raise awareness and understanding of poor mental health in the construction sector, importantly undertaken in a way that is consistent and made available to all workers across the sector.
The delivery will be an awareness and educational programme tailored specifically to the needs of the industry.
Clive Johnson, Chair of the Health in Construction Leadership Group, said:
“Our mission as a group is to unite the construction industry in order to eradicate the ill health and disease caused by work-related activities, and this includes addressing mental health.”
The British Safety Council’s vision Is that no one should be injured or made ill at work, and that includes Mental Health.
What measures can we take to protect our employees?
Mental health absence can be prevented, according to Healthy Working Days.
Here are some measures you could consider to support and protect employee well-being within your organisation:
- Flexible working hours
- ‘Mental Health’ trained managers
- Involving employees in decision making
- Introducing stress risk management procedures
- Having regular meetings with managers
- Introducing performance management processes
- Conducting back to work interviews
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Supporting good mental health in the workplace makes really good business sense. Looking after your employees means that you are on the road-map to having a happy, healthy productive workforce.