Scaffolding industry urged to join in charity ‘Big Brew’

The scaffolding industry is being urged to get involved with the ‘Big Brew’ – a new national campaign to highlight the mental health crisis in the construction sector.

The scaffolding industry is being urged to get involved with the ‘Big Brew’ – a new national campaign to highlight the mental health crisis in the construction sector. The Big Brew will start on 1 October and will encourage scaffolders and other tradespeople to connect and talk over a cuppa in a bid to remove the taboo around mental health...

Scaffolding Association Welcomes Improved Mental Health Support

Landmark new research from CITB has outlined the scale of the mental health challenge facing construction.

New research suggests that over a third of businesses have reported that employee mental health support has got better since the start of the pandemic. A recent survey conducted by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) who work with millions of employers and employees every year to improve workplace relationships, found that over a third of British employers have...

CLC and CITB announce new approach to supporting mental health in construction

Landmark new research from CITB has outlined the scale of the mental health challenge facing construction.

Landmark new research from CITB has outlined the scale of the mental health challenge facing construction. A consistent approach to supporting construction workers’ mental health is the goal of a new initiative led by the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) and CITB. CITB’s Mental Health And Construction: A Consistent Approach research, published today (Wednesday 4 August), is the most comprehensive study conducted on mental health and self-harm within construction. The report identifies opportunities...

Brogan sign up to Building Mental Health Charter & continue Charity Challenge

Brogan Group

Brogan Group have signed up to the Building Mental Health Charter and are also halfway through its Tall Building Charity Challenge raising money for the Lighthouse Charity. The company have signed up to the Building Mental Health Charter with Building Mental Health This is a cross-industry group that enable all parts of the construction sector to access mental health support,...

Construction Suicide Rates on the Increase

New research shows the rates of suicide in the construction industry have increased. The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity commissioned Glasgow Caledonian University to carry out research on suicide statistics from 2015 to 2019. Alarmingly, its findings show that suicides within the construction industry have in fact increased. Analysis of suicides by workers occupation revealed the number per 100,000 for construction workers rose...

Mental Health First Aid Instructors Programme delivers £5.5million of Social Value to Society

Mental Health First Aid Instructors Programme delivers £5.5million of Social Value to Society

Building Mental Health, the CITB and the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity have published a report detailing the social value of their Mental Health First Aid Instructors Programme; an initiative to train 288 construction industry dedicated Mental Health First Aid Instructors. The Social Value Report shows that for every £1 invested there has been £5.50 of Social Value to society. This...

HALF of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work

Lighthouse Construction Charity Helpline

Nearly half (49%) of UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work-related issues, a new study has found. The research, commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10th-16th) by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, found that nearly three in five (58%) experience some form of mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, at least once...

Lighthouse Club launches ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ campaign

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is launching their hard-hitting and poignant ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ campaign to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is launching their hard-hitting and poignant ‘Help Inside the Hard Hat’ campaign to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week. The campaign aims to raise awareness of mental wellbeing issues in our industry and more importantly, how our workforce can reach out for help. This is a campaign to get construction talking and it addresses the perception...

Mental Health: “This has to stop, too many people are struggling!”

Mental Health: "This has to stop, too many people are struggling!"

“I’m a 6 ft 3, an ex-rugby player with a face like a kicked-in biscuit tin – I’m not the sort of person you expect to stand up and talk about this. But if one person working in construction can take something from this, then it’ll help.” That’s the message of Andy Stevens, a self-employed builder and broadcaster who is...

HSE partner up to encourage talking about work related stress

Landmark new research from CITB has outlined the scale of the mental health challenge facing construction.

The Health & Safety Executive has joined forces with the Construction Leadership Council to encourage the whole industry to start a conversation about employee stress. The past 12 months have placed unprecedented strains on workers as companies have adopted new ways of working in response to the pandemic. This builds on some of the already recognised stresses of working...