While 1 in 5 people will experience a mental illness during their lifetime, everyone faces challenges in life that can impact their mental health.
COVID-19 has had profound impacts on the mental health of people of all ages and backgrounds. Throughout the pandemic, many who had never experienced mental health found themselves struggling for the first time. Now, more than ever, it is critical to reduce the stigma around mental health that prevents individuals from seeking help.
This week (10 – 16 May) is Mental Health Awareness Week and the Lighthouse Club charity has launched their Help Inside the Hard Hat campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues within the construction industry.
In the UK, two construction industry workers take their own lives every working day and are 63% more likely to die by suicide than the national average. Construction workers are ten times more likely to die by suicide than a work accident. Anxiety and depression account for a fifth of all work-related illnesses.
These sobering statistics show why the Lighthouse Club’s work is so important and why we need to continue the conversation on mental health. The Lighthouse Club provides a range of proactive support and resources for the construction industry including their Construction Industry Helpline, free app, and mental health training.
We are pleased to be supporting The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity during mental health week by raising awareness of the Help Inside the Hard Hat campaign.