Construction industry charity the Lighthouse Club has joined a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) mental health campaign in the hope of reaching small businesses.
The group, which provides financial and emotional support to construction workers and their families, is now a partner in the Working Minds campaign, launched by the HSE last year.
The initiative aims to support small businesses by providing employers and workers with “easy to implement advice”, including simple steps based on risk assessment to “reach out, recognise, respond and reflect” on mental health.
Earlier this year, data published in CN’s Mind Matters survey, which quizzed 1,200 construction workers on their mental health, found that 59 per cent of respondents were not receiving the appropriate level of support from their line managers when facing mental health issues.
And 72 per cent of workers said they could not be honest with their employers about why they needed time off, with “tight deadlines” to complete work a key factor in causing stress.
Responding to the announcement, HSE construction division head Sarah Jardine said: “The Working Minds campaign is calling for a culture change across Britain’s workplaces, where managing stress and talking about how people are coping is as routine as managing workplace safety.”
“By increasing our campaign partners we are able to increase the reach and visibility of our campaign, allowing us all to achieve greater success.”
Jardine added that the safety body was looking to expand its partners to improve visibility.
She said: “They will play an important role in sharing key information, as well as providing essential insight into the unique stressors experienced by people working in the industry as we continue to evolve our campaign.”
Lighthouse Club chief executive Bill Hill said many workers were cut off from access to support, adding that the campaign was essentially reaching out to the “boots on the ground”.
“A crucial element of the charity’s strategy is to provide a range of free and easily accessible proactive resources to support the construction community at an individual and employer level,” said Hill.
The Working Minds campaign aims to help businesses recognise the signs of work-related stress and make tackling issues routine.
For more information on the Lighthouse Club’s free support services, follow this link.