The CCLG encourages clients and contractors to participate in this year’s Time to Talk Day which is all about bringing together the right ingredients to have a conversation about mental health.
Having conversations about mental health helps break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all. There are lots of different ways to have a conversation about mental health, and you don’t have to be an expert to talk, although it is good to know where you can go for further help and support.
The CCLG encourages construction employers to have in place a mental health programme which drives a culture of speaking up, and where design and construction programmes and workplace arrangements are implemented in such a way that the mental health and wellbeing of the workers is safeguarded and protected.
As a reminder of why it’s so important we take action, between 2010 and 2015, more than 1,400 construction workers in the UK took their own lives, with industry figures showing that at any one time around 350,000 workers could be suffering from mental health problems.*
For free advice and materials on Time to Talk Day, visit the Time to Change website.