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Mental health

Did you know that in the UK construction has the highest suicide rate of any industry - more than 1400 since 2011.  

Figures for 2016/2017 from the HSE state that stress, depression or anxiety along with musculoskeletal disorders account for the majority of days lost due to work-related ill health in 2016/2017.   Poor mental health accounted for 12.5 million lost days as opposed to 8.9m for muscular skeletal issues.    For moral, legal and business reasons it is vital that employers consider the mental health of their employees

Everyone has mental health

Everyone has mental health as they do physical health and just as we can become physically poorly, so we  can also become mentally poorly due to life challenges, work issues or a combination of both.    

One in four of us will experience poor mental health at some point in their lifetime. 

When workers can speak up about mental health and receive the right support, they are much better able to cope and manage their conditions. That may require medical help from their GP, it may require adjustments to their work pattern.   However ignoring mental health among your workforce can have tragic effects. 

Please use the resources we've provided on this page and start making a difference to the mental health of the staff where you work. 

Mates in Mind

Mental health campaign targeting the construction industry

HSE guidelines for stress-related conditions

HSE good practice guidelines for this all-too-common mental health condition. 

Thriving at work

The recently released Stevenson Farmer review from the DWP and DOH

Fit for Work

Fit for Work provide expert, impartial advice and can help you if you are off sick. 

Experiencing mental health issues?

Support, advice and information from Mates in Mind if you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues


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