Helpline cards for the industry’s workforce have been launched to raise awareness and offer support for those struggling with mental health issues.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Contractors Scheme have launched the scheme to encourage struggling workers to seek help.
Exclusive research from Construction News – as part of our Mind Matters campaign – last month showed that one in four workers in the construction industry have considered suicide.
Companies can purchase a pack containing wallet-sized cards with the Construction Industry Helpline number on and posters advertising the service. These can be handed out across CCS-registered sites.
By purchasing a pack, the site, company or supplier will make a commitment to undertake a ‘Lighthouse Day’, during which it will raise funds for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.
The charity’s chief executive Bill Hill said: “As well as delivering emergency financial aid to those in our industry suffering hardship, we have augmented our helpline services to support callers suffering from anxiety, stress, addictive behaviours and depression in support of the recent research into the mental health of the industry.
“It is now imperative that we put the Helpline Card in the hands of every construction worker in the industry, so they will always have a safety net to catch them at their time of need.”
- 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