THERE HAS BEEN a lot of focus recently on mental health within construction and the statistics have been shocking. Skilled construction workers were found to be 10 times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work, according to recent data from the Office for National Statistics.
Reaching construction and roofing professionals and providing mental health guidance is something that UK Construction Week (UKCW) is keen to do. That is why they have partnered with Mates in Mind and developed the all new Mental Health Zone at this year’s show.
As UKCW is the largest built environment event of the year, it is the ideal place to share the mental health message.
Launching at UKCW this year is the Mind Your Head campaign, which is designed to promote mental wellbeing. It is running the ‘Material Support’ gallery which is a collection of artwork made from construction components. There will be speakers and practical advice available from an onsite therapist.
As part of the campaign, Carwyn Lloyd Jones, the creator of the Tiny House at last year’s UKCW will be using his talents to create an artistic installation of swings which has a mental health focus. The artwork will prompt discussion on the topic of mental health and in turn help to remove the stigma.
Sport is a great outlet for stress, and it is also a good boost for mental wellbeing. Besides the overnight cycle ride there is also UKCW’s first multi sports cup. This is in conjunction with STEAM; a mental health charity the aim of the tournament is to promote the wellbeing benefits of sport and exercise. Teams will play a round robin of football, netball and touch rugby. It’s sure to set hearts racing.
Besides sporting action, there are plenty of seminars and talks to learn more about mental health in the workplace. The Working Well Together Theatre includes sessions on: how to manage the issue of alcohol and drugs effectively in the workplace and mental health in the work place – an industry perspective.
The Main Stage is also covering: wellbeing in construction: tackling work-life balance, mental health & diversity; mental health in the work place – an industry perspective;
workplace wellbeing; and maintaining good mental wellbeing is a skill, a skill that we and our workplaces can learn.
UKCW finishes on 10 October, which is World Mental Health Day, so the theme runs strongly throughout the three days.
UK Construction Week is one event with many sections, including Build sponsored by Easy-Trim, Building Tech, Civils, Energy and HVAC, Surface and Materials, and Timber. It also features Concrete Expo (8-9 October only) and Grand Designs Live (9-10 October only). Single registration gives free access to all areas of the show. Pre-booking is also strongly recommended for the extensive seminars and CPD programme.