Stress in construction: here to help
Thursday, April 01st, 2021
Stress in construction is huge and we want to help. Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. Stress in particular is a very real problem, along with anxiety and depression.
If you’re struggling with your own mental health, are supporting a colleague or loved one, or want to understand the subject better, then please note the phone numbers and contact details of supportive organisations listed further down the page.
Conscious of your duty of care to employees, you may be concerned about recognising the symptoms. As the team at Constructing Excellence South West points out, “Poor mental health does not show many explicit symptoms and is even more invisible when people are preoccupied especially during busy periods at work.”
Constructing Excellence South West have produced a useful document.
Stress Management course
Our network partners, Videotile offer a 30-minute course for just £35+VAT on Stress Management. It’s very simple to purchase and you can undertake the course online at a time convenient to you. All the videotile courses are one-on-one tutor led.
Changing your way of working
Take a look at our top ten stressors and read the suggestions for relieving some of the pressures.
Supporting your workers with software
Health & Safety Xpert from HBXL includes the Toolbox Talk ‘Work Stress and Mental Health’ which is important to share with all those on site. It can prompt an important discussion and will be ten minutes well spent.
Organisations that can help
The Lighthouse Club is the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families. Each Stress Awareness Month HBXL donates a percentage of sales to this important charity.
Construction Industry Helpline
Call: UK 0345 605 1956 (24/7)
This helpline is managed by the Lighthouse Club.
Call: 116 123
Whatever you’re going through, call Samaritans free any time, from any phone.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Call : 0800 58 58 58 (UK) 0808 802 58 58 (London)
CALM is leading a movement against suicide, the single biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK and the cause of 18 deaths every day. The helpline is there for everyone, not only those in crisis, so you can call to find out more information on how you can help.
Call: 0300 123 3393
This well known charity has an info line, legal line and award-winning information available online.
Mates in Mind
Mates in Mind is a registered UK charity raising awareness, addressing the stigma of poor mental health and promoting positive mental wellbeing particularly in construction. They help to make sense of available options and support employers to address mental health within their workplace.