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Mental Health in Construction

Male construction site workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK worker.

With one in four people in the UK experiencing a mental health problem each year.

In the fast-paced and often demanding world of construction, mental health is increasingly gaining recognition as a critical aspect of workplace well-being. Bennett Partnerships, a leading name in the construction industry, is paving the way for fostering supportive cultures and prioritising mental health within construction businesses.

Recognising the importance of proactive measures, they offer invaluable assistance to construction companies in implementing robust mental health policies. Here's how they lead the charge:

1. Signing the Building Mental Health Charter: Bennett Partnerships encourages construction businesses to make a tangible commitment to mental health by signing the Building Mental Health Charter. This demonstrates a dedication to creating a workplace that prioritises mental well-being.

2. Employee Assistance Programme and Construction Industry Helpline: They ensure that staff are aware of available support systems such as the Employee Assistance Programme and the Construction Industry Helpline. These resources offer confidential support and guidance, accessible via phone and their new mobile app.

3. Interactive Toolbox Talks: Bennett Partnerships advocates for interactive 'toolbox talks' to raise awareness about mental health among construction workers. These sessions not only educate employees but also empower them to recognise signs that colleagues may need support, encouraging open conversations about mental health.

4. Training Line Managers and Supervisors: Recognising the pivotal role of line managers and supervisors, Bennett Partnerships provides training on how to respond effectively when someone raises a mental health concern. This equips them with the necessary skills to provide support and guidance to their team members.

5. Mental Health First Aid Training: Bennett Partnerships recommends training around one in 100 employees or subcontractors as certified mental health first aiders. These individuals serve as crucial points of contact for anyone in need of immediate support, fostering a culture of empathy and understanding within the construction workforce.

In conclusion, Bennett Partnerships' proactive approach to mental health in construction underscores their commitment to creating safe, supportive, and inclusive workplaces.

By implementing comprehensive policies and initiatives, they not only prioritise the well-being of their own workforce but also empower other construction businesses to do the same. In a sector where physical safety has long been the focus, Bennett Partnerships is leading the charge towards a future where mental health holds equal importance on construction sites.

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