Industry Professional Sets Sights High for Mental Health Awareness

AN INTREPID member of the SIG Design and Technology team is limbering up to climb one of the world’s highest mountains for charity.

National specification manager, Ian Dryden, will be climbing Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, not only to raise vital funds for the Samaritans and MIND but also to raise awareness of mental health issues in the UK construction industry.

Inspired to sign-up for the climb after learning of the construction industry’s mental health crisis, Ian was shocked to discover skilled construction workers were 10 times more likely to die from suicide than an accident while in-work, according to recent data from the Office for National Statistics.

Ian’s trek will begin on Boxing Day later this year and will see him climb over 5,895 metres above sea level. He commented, “There is a huge focus on physical safeguarding in the construction industry, which is crucially important, but it’s essential to look after your mental wellbeing, too.

“Approximately one in four people in the UK are affected by a mental health issue each year, and services such as the Samaritans and MIND play a pivotal role in getting help to those in need. Scaling Kilimanjaro will be a mammoth undertaking, but I can think of no more worthwhile cause for which to do it!”

Ian is set to summit Kilimanjaro on New Year’s Day 2020. To learn more about Ian’s mission, or to donate, click here.




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