A new website providing resources for businesses to support their employees’ mental health at work was launched this week, with support from Prince William, called Mental Health at Work.
The launch of the online gateway to mental health resources has been welcomed by construction industry mental health charity, Mates in Mind, which commented “Changing workplace cultures requires ongoing leadership and hands-on-support. We are pleased to be able to support the new Gateway.”
Mates in Mind added: “The interaction between work and mental health is complex and sensitive, and remains a challenge for employers.
“Evidence from a study into workplace well being by the mental health charity Mind (2018) shows that lack of awareness remains a barrier to addressing the issue in work and greater awareness and practical training is a valuable investment.
“But as the research also found, those staff who felt their line manager supported their mental health were 11 times more likely to disclose a mental health problem, compared with those who did not, demonstrates how important it is to embed the change within a workplace.”
Mates in Mind has already reached more than 150,000 workers in its first year by providing more than 150 construction firms with tailored resources and support. Our approach helps all firms, irrespective of their scale and scope, to understand what mental well being means for their workforce, gives them the knowledge to invest in the things that will make a difference and the confidence to know the improvements that they make will bring real and lasting change.
Steve Hails, Health, Safety and Wellbeing Director at Tideway, said: “Mental ill-health has been on everyone’s agenda, but in our industry, which is, despite our endeavours, male dominated, we are more susceptible than most.
“Thankfully, things are starting to change, but we still have some way to go. Putting the right kind of support in place was the start of the conversation for us, and for many others. Importantly this needs to happen across all levels of the business, and leadership is key.
“And in our industry, with the nature of the supply chain, it is important also that it’s about recognising that this responsibility is not just about regarding the welfare of our own staff. This is what makes Mates in Mind so special in that we are working collaboratively across the sector through various projects and works, building in the change we need throughout the supply chain. After all, more than three quarters of those working in construction are employed by SMEs,” Steve concluded.