8 February 2019

Build UK partner B&CE work to raise awareness around mental health in construction

Time to Talk Day takes place this month, and is a great way to get everyone having a conversation about mental health issues.

Build UK partner B&CE are working to raise awareness about improving mental health in construction, and supporting existing initiatives such as B&CE’s Charitable Trust.

The occupational health management scheme B&CE is developing, with the support of Build UK, won’t cover mental health at the beginning, as there are many types of conditions but no one single way of monitoring or measuring who might be at risk of developing a condition.  . Currently one type of assessment will not cover every condition. Once an appropriate assessment has been developed and validated, it will be added to the scheme.

According to the HSE’s latest figures, 14,000 construction workers suffered work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2018. The conversation about mental wellbeing in the construction industry has already begun, with initiatives like Mates in Mind and Building Mental Health working to raise awareness and provide guidance.

In 2018, B&CE’s Charitable Trust awarded its annual Mowlem Award to Mates in Mind to support their work. Their Executive Director, Joscelyne Shaw, explained what the £20,000 grant meant to the charity:

“We’re delighted to be a recipient of the B&CE Mowlem Award. It recognises the work Mates in Mind and our programme’s partners, business and charitable champions, and their employees do in bringing about an improved understanding of mental health and wellbeing. It sends a strong message about the role that workplaces can play in supporting workers’ mental health.”

B&CE is inviting construction companies and occupational health providers to join the Occupational Health panel, who will be invited to share industry experience and inform specific aspects of the scheme. If you are interested in joining the panel, please click here.