10.10.2019

World Mental Health Day 2019 – contractor support updates

10th October 2019 marks World Mental Health Day. A day all of us here at NWCH feel very strongly about.

World Mental Health Day is an opportunity for all of us to raise awareness of mental health issues and advocate against social stigma. The theme of this year’s event is suicide and suicide prevention. Every year close to 800,000 people globally take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Every suicide is a tragedy that affects families, communities and has long-lasting effects on the people left behind.

Take a look below to see just how some of our contractor partners are showing support for this very important day. Keep your eyes peeled, look out for those around you, and remember, it’s ok to talk.

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Galliford Try – At Galliford Try, they have been delivering safety stand downs on their North West sites over the last few weeks. As a part of that stand down, they have included a module on ‘Mates in Mind’ and have received very positive feedback from their clients, workforce and supply chain.

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Robertson Group – In support of this day, Robertson have encouraged all sites and offices to take 15 minutes with their teams in the day to discuss mental health, the challenges faced in the industry and how we can help those around us. They also have a mental health first aid course taking place and a tool box talk will be delivered across all sites.

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Seddon – had lots of different activities planned including:

– a blog post around 5 top tips to promote positive mental health (linking back to statistics highlighted in recent Construction News ‘Mind Matters’ feature)

– an infographic based around this which will be shared on social media

– their ‘Jordan’s Conversation’ ambassadors will be delivering workshops across some of their sites (to find out more about this fantastic initiative, please visit https://seddon.co.uk/csr/jordans-conversation )

– they’ve posted a lot on social media including quotes from their board and infographics and statistics around their mental health campaigns

– they all wore the green mental health ribbons and organised some photo frame boards for their employees to take photos with etc – they even had some giant green ribbons printed which went on the gates of some of their sites

– their internal campaign signposts employees to their Employee Assistance Programme where they can get confidential help and support – not just about mental health but about anything that’s worrying them (pressure at work, money, health, family problems etc)

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Graham Construction gave a toolbox talk to their employees on the importance of looking after their mental health. This included tips on protecting mental health and also how to help someone if you know they are suffering from poor mental heath.

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Wates – Over the last couple of years, Wates have firmly put mental health on the agenda – and rightly so. They currently have a growing network of 250+ Mental Health First Aiders.

On World Mental Health Day, Wates will also be supporting the promotion of a national campaign being launched by Public Health England: ‘Every Mind Matters’. The NHS campaign encourages people to be more aware of their mental health and helps them to discover simple steps to look after their mental health and wellbeing.

We don’t need to wait until we are struggling with our mental health; there are lots of things we can do to protect ourselves and prevent problems escalating, just as we do with our physical health. It promotes a free NHS-approved online tool that helps people build an action plan to boost mood, improve sleep, feel more in control, and deal with stress and anxiety. The campaign is supported by a massive nationwide advertising campaign and we will be sharing more information about how you can access these tools and join the campaign on World Mental Health Day.

Wates have also created a ‘Mental Health in Construction’ video which has been launched today in toolbox talks and can be seen below.

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Laing O’Rourke – LOR’s Henry Royce Institute and The Factory projects have organised a walk around Teggs Nose on Sunday 13th October…all are welcome (Tegg’s Nose in Macclesfield)! The walk is 4.5 miles and will take around 3.5 hours to complete (which includes a stop off at the pub).

At their Manchester office, they carried out World Mental Health Day toolbox talks throughout the day around the theme for this year, which is Suicide Prevention.

Kier Group – Across all their offices, Kier held relaxed coffee and chat events to observe World Mental Health Day with the main focus being Suicide Prevention. All colleagues were invited to attend their local office event. The events began with a short video presentation regarding suicide prevention followed by open and honest conversations between all attendees.

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