Tackling mental health issues in the workplace

Tackling mental health issues in the workplace

Mental Health is a huge issue faced by the Construction Industry, and it is important that we don’t lose sight of this during the coronavirus pandemic. Suicide is the leading cause of death for men under 50 and male construction workers have the greatest risk of all – at 3.7 times above the national average; while finishing trades (plasterers, painters and decorators), have been shown to have a risk factor of twice the national average. There are 2.1 million construction workers (approximately 6% of the total UK workforce) meaning that as many as 350,000 construction professionals may be affected by mental health issues. [source: ONS].

At Mobius Works we are proud to have introduced mindfulness and wellbeing into our business, and will continue to make this a key focus, with the aim of helping all staff recognise and become more resilient to mental health issues and are kicking off this initiative with a range of activities to include:

1. Raising awareness of this important topic within the industry and the business media. 

2. Members of our team participated in the MIND campaign challenges which are a community initiative that challenges people to support their mental health by doing something active every single day. Exercise is an important tool in boosting mental health, and something we encourage.

3. All staff have recently participated in mental health “toolbox” talks delivered by Discover Your Bounce. We plan to engage in similar sessions throughout the year in order to equip our team with the tools they need to be more resilient.

4. We have introduced mental health checks into our staff appraisal process and our team are able to request help or training on specific issues.

Mental health is as important as physical health and shouldn’t be ignored.

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