Mental Health Charity, Mates in Mind, calls for meaningful action from organisations this Stress Awareness Month

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According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), in the UK alone, there were over 828,000 workers suffering from work related stress, depression or anxiety (new or long-standing) in 2019/20, which resulted in around 17.9 million working days lost[i]. For the construction industry in particular, the negative impact of the global pandemic has added to an already pervasive mental health challenge within the sector. As reported by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the suicide rate among construction workers is already three times the national average for men, equating to more than two construction workers taking their own life every day[ii].Mental health charity, Mates in Mind, is committed to changing these statistics by getting the construction and related sectors talking and taking action.

This Stress Awareness Month, Mates in Mind will be asking organisations within the construction and related sectors, to commit to installing long term change within their businesses to not only ensure a healthier and safer workplace environment for their employees, but also to help change the wider industry culture around workplace stress. Just one small step, such as an annual stress risk assessment, can help organisations to identify work-related stress risks within their company and help them meet their duty of care in the identification and mitigation of work-related stress.

To support the launch of their campaign, Mates in Mind will be releasing a short video on April 6th, created in partnership with the family of Chris, a 30-year veteran of the construction industry and a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend.

In 2019, Chris suffered a mental health crisis brought on by severe stress, which developed at rapid speed and had catastrophic consequences.

Throughout April, to mark Stress Awareness Month, Mates in Mind will be sharing Chris’s story to raise awareness and understanding of the very real impact that workplace stress can have on our lives and the importance of recognising the signs that someone might be struggling.

Michelle, Chris’s wife comments: “Chris’s death has left us as a family with extreme heartache and unbelievable grief and we know nothing will bring Chris back; but we hope by sharing his story, we can save other families from this devastation. Chris never experienced any mental health illness previously so we can’t emphasise enough if it can happen to him it can happen to anyone.”

James Rudoni, Managing Director of Mates in Mind stated: “Chris’s story sends a clear message that only with the support and commitment of leaders in the construction industry can we address stress in the workplace, transforming the overall mental health of workforces and ensuring a meaningful change.

To join Mates in Minds month long campaign, see their website for more information or share their video ‘Chris’s story’ available across their social channels as of the 6th of April.

 

Mental Health Charity, Mates in Mind, calls for meaningful action from organisations this Stress Awareness Month

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