10th October 2019 is World Mental Health Day

The theme for #worldmentalhealthday2019 is suicide prevention. The statistics around #mentalhealth in #construction are shocking.

As awareness increases, the culture in the industry needs to change. It is important that we encourage anyone who is struggling to find someone they can talk to. But it’s also important to not make your own mental health spiral by taking on everyone else’s struggles and trying to carry them all on your own. It’s okay not to be okay.

Reach out.

Ask for help.

If you need to talk, here are some important local numbers:

Samaritans – 028 3026 6366

PipsCharity – 028 9080 5850

AwareNI- 028 9035 7820

Childline – 0800 1111

As an employer, good practice determines we maintain not only the provision of physical factors in the workplace, which allow the employee to perform but also social and psychological protection, such as stress-reduction and burnout prevention.

Our staff and management completed a 6-week Mindfulness at Work programme which we highly recommend.

The Aware NI Mindfulness at Work programme enables staff to develop skills and techniques to cope with the daily challenges a busy working life can bring such as stress and anxiety. We are still benefiting from what we learned.

We are will also shortly implement an EAP – Employee Assistance Programme, which includes support and continual access to counselling.

So, if you do one thing today – ask someone – how are you really?

#ItsOkNotToBeOk #worldmentalhealthday2019