Ensuring our mental health is being looked after should be a primary concern for us all but there are times when this can be challenging, overwhelming and feeling impossible for some people. We live in difficult times which can put a strain on us mentally, physically, and emotionally whilst we continue to try and carry on normally.
According to the priory group, 1 in 6 people or approximately 45.8 million adults report experiencing symptoms of common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression in any given week in England alone.
Working in the construction industry can have additional pressures especially when it comes to being in a predominantly male environment who have been led to believe that “man up” is an acceptable statement. It’s these damaging attitudes and opinions that have driven men to believe that they need to suffer in silence whilst circling the plates of life.
In the HSE report Construction statistics in Great Britain, 2022, it’s estimated there were 21,000 work-related cases of stress, depression, or anxiety (new or long-standing), which is 27% of all ill health in this sector. Source: LFS, estimated annual average 2019/20-2021/22.
The Lighthouse Club Construction Industry Charity also states that every single working day in the UK, 2 construction workers take their own lives which are hard-hitting and sad statistics that could be prevented if the right help and support were in place.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is the only charity that provides emotional, physical and financial well-being support to construction workers and their families. They receive no public funding and rely on the generosity of those within the industry to help them continue their vital work.
At the KDM Group, we want to help break the stigma of mental health which is why we have become a proud supporter of this amazing charity and help change the mindset that it’s ok not to be ok and that it’s good to talk, without being judged for our own team but across the industry as a whole.
If you need help or support please contact the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, 24/7 on 0345 605 1956.
KDM Group – [email protected]
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