Mental Health Charity Encouraging Construction Workers To Discuss Mental Health With Free Pizza Mental health support is an area that has received a fantastic amount of focus this year. Whether it’s family members, friends or colleagues, everybody will directly or indirectly interact with somebody suffering, and in construction, the likelihood is much higher.
The Salford mental health charity,
START, will be touring building sites in Salford offering free ‘builder’s lunches’ to try and get construction workers talking about mental health and suicide.
Men in the construction industry face the highest risk of suicide. According to national statistics they are three times more likely to take their own lives than the national average.
99% of construction workers on building sites in the UK are male, and the biggest killer of men 20-49 years is suicide, so it makes absolute sense to target this demographic and give them easily accessible help and advice.
The free lunches and chats are part of START’s Reach Out; Start to End Suicide campaign which seeks to raise awareness of the issue and the support available. Across Greater Manchester over 200 people a year take their lives, three quarters of them men.
Salford and Bolton have the highest rates of suicide in Greater Manchester with 31 lives being lost in each locality in 2017 according the Office of National Statistics.
As mental health is a complicated and in-depth topic, sometimes it takes a little more time and effort to support those affected. We offer several courses for CEO’s, team leaders and staff to help develop their knowledge and support.
The mental health of an employee is just as important as their physical health. Our mental health training course has been designed to help delegates spot the early signs of mental health issues, educate delegates on how to appropriately approach mental health as well as providing delegates with the tools needed to offer practical support to those suffering with a mental health issue.