Mental Health on Site: What you need to know

It was world well-being week a few days ago. In the spirit and hope of the event, and the many inspiring events that were organised across the world. We have prepared a quick guide to mental health on site.

In a pledge of our commitment to adhere to mental health standards, and an openness to support and communicate issues that may arise in the sectors we recruit within (Construction, rail and civil engineering) – and one of Manchester’s best construction agency and services, we have prepared this article for some extra insight on making a positive impact on the workplace.

At Frameworks recruitment, we believe mental health is just as important as physical health, and we keep in mind the difficulties we all face in life, supporting those when and wherever they need it.

The well-being of workers on site, should be a priority for organisations of all sizes. There has been a lot of research done lately, that has found the levels of well-being to be far lower than anticipated.

Suffering in Silence

Let us not forget this uncomfortable truth: the rate of suicides of the construction industry numbering 1,400 over the last four years. Construction trades have the highest rate of suicides of any profession. Many workers admit to suffering in silence, and most feel forced to have to ”deal with it” without seeking the help they need.

How can we help the workers?

From the research conducted and feedback from surveys, it seems clear that the main areas to improve are:

  1. Staff training, and coworkers training to better recognise the early signs of mental health in friends and colleagues
  2. Raise the awareness of mental health in the construction and trade industries as a whole – to decrease the stigma of mental health.
  3. Finally more outlets to aid workers to feel like they can talk about their struggles.
  4. Allow time to recover from injury

Most importantly. If you have felt or you are experiencing difficulty with mental health, there are ways to get help. Talking to your GP is the first and most obvious step for workers.

There are many charities and third-party organisations that can offer entirely confidential and free advice and support, such as Samaritans and MIND.

Open up to friends and family, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Stop the stigma about mental health, and join us in supporting in these vital steps, to stop our friends and loved ones from suffering in silence, before it is too late.

Want to find out more?

Call us today or email us to enquire about jobs and other ways we can help you in your Construction search. Frameworks serve all your job needs for the construction industry. Keep up to date for all the latest job vacancies in the construction industry.

Tel: 0161 241 6141


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