MATES IN MIND is rolling out free mental health workshops for those most at risk during the global pandemic, with the support of Tideway, the company building London’s new super sewer.
In light of the current COVID-19 crisis, it’s expected that workplace mental health issues, will be heavily affected.
For the construction industry, this is particularly critical, as the suicide rate amongst men within the sector is already is three times the national average.
Many small businesses and sole traders are struggling due to this disruption to work, delays in activity and the knock-on economic stress.
Workplace mental health
A donation to Mates in Mind’s COVID-19 relief fund from Tideway will help the mental health charity to address gaps in workplace mental health provision for the self-employed, and small businesses – some of the those who are hit hardest by this unexpected crisis.
Mates in Mind will be delivering online mental health workshops and other support for construction workers with the aim of supporting those who are harder to reach and potentially most vulnerable, including small business and self-employed.
The charity aims to reach over 500 individuals, offering research-led training and support, with workshops beginning during Mental Health Awareness Week 2020 (18-24 May).
This program funded by Tideway will also include a 12-month support package for 20 small businesses (less than 10 people) providing access to a dedicated support officer, business assessments, resources and more.
James Rudoni, Managing Director of Mates in Mind said, “By providing individuals and SMEs the opportunity to learn, share and talk about their experiences during COVID-19, we can reach out to those who don’t normally have access to workplace support, such as Small and Medium Enterprises and the self-employed.
“We know that without support, these groups are more at risk of higher levels of stress, depression and suicide. However, with a better understanding of mental health issues and how to address them, this funding can change how people manage their own wellbeing and save lives.”
John Sage, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Tideway said, “Mates in Mind does incredibly important work supporting construction workers’ mental health by ‘starting the conversation’ and their expertise has never been more important than now. The self-employed and those in small construction businesses, who often do not have access to this type of support, are among the most vulnerable to serious mental health problems in this crisis and Tideway is pleased that our donation will help Mates In Mind to reach out to them.”
To find out more about these workshops and to take part, get in touch with the team at firstname.lastname@example.org