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CN mental health campaign shortlisted for national award

The Construction News mental health campaign, Mind Matters, has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Mind, the mental health charity, has shortlisted CN as Best Publication against the Sunday ExpressGuardian Healthcare Professionals Network, Men’s Health and

CN is the only B2B publication to be shortlisted for the awards, which take place in London on Monday, 13 November.

Mind Matters was launched in January to raise awareness of mental health among construction professionals.

CN launched an industry survey which found that one in four respondents had considered suicide.

The results sparked industry leaders into action, with the UK’s largest firms signing up to provide mental health first aid courses and pledging to talk about mental health as part of industry initiatives including Mates in Mind and Stop. Make a Change.

The ONS reported that male construction workers were the demographic most at risk of suicide in the UK, while research showed mental health issues accounted for a third of the construction industry’s absences.

CN has written extensively on mental health online and in print and will host special mental health panels as part of this year’s Construction News Summit in November.

All CN’s Mind Matters content is free to read at:

Get support

Construction Industry Helpline 0345 605 1956 – managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity 
Mind, the mental health charity 0300 123 3393 – provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem 
The Samaritans 116 123 – confidential 24-hour support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts


Readers' comments (1)

  • I'm not at all surprised by these statistics. We've been through 3 recessions, many subcontractors have suffered from late or non-payment and shabby treatment by certain large main contractors. British workers have lost their jobs because of a massive influx of migrant labour who have been prepared to work for peanuts. Now these same companies are complaining there will be a shortage of skilled labour but what did they expect? Skilled construction workers have never been given the respect that they deserve for their hard work and this has to change. In recent years they have been seen as expendable, they never know whether they will have work for the foreseeable future. No wonder there are so many mental health issues.

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