2018 WAS a difficult year for the construction industry and the human impact of that is clear, according to the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.
There were 1,662 calls to the charity’s Construction Industry helpline from construction workers’ families in crisis. 662 of these cases were seeking emergency financial support, an increase of over 40% on 2018. The amount of charitable giving provided in 2018 was £1.25m, rocketing a staggering 75% on the previous year.
Of the 1,662 cases presented to the helpline, 1033 were given advice and support on issues ranging from mental wellbeing to legal, debt management and taxation advice. The charity has also seen a huge increase in requests for its helpline packs and now has over 350,000 helpline cards in circulation amongst the construction workforce.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “The significant escalation in families needing our support has put pressure on our finances. With two construction workers taking their own life every single working day, and stress, depression, and anxiety accounting for a fifth of all work-related illness, it’s vital that we continue to provide our helpline services and put additional funding into the construction industry’s dedicated and volunteer-led, Building Mental Health programme.
“But the only way that we can plan ahead is with predictable income. That’s why we launched our Company Supporters initiative and our ‘Save a Life’ campaign.
“We’re urging companies to pledge a regular annual donation to ensure the long-term sustainability of our valuable charitable services. If you’re reading this and wondering how your company can make a difference, then here’s how to get involved.”
With the support of construction software firm ‘COINS’, the charity recently launched a helpline app. The app helps people find out more information about how they can help themselves or take the next step in seeking professional help.
The app is a preventative tool and provides support at the early stages of a situation so that the problem does not reach a life critical stage. It provides vital information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.
You can call the Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 605 1956.