9th - 15th May marks Mental Health Awareness Week, which is focusing on Loneliness this year.
Within Construction, work-related mental ill-health accounts for over a third of all ill-health, and with two construction workers lost to suicide each day, mental health and wellbeing within this sector is an important topic.
This year the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week is Loneliness. Within Construction, due to the nature of some projects, loneliness can become a real life problem for some workers, and since the pandemic, loneliness has become a real life issue for many people across all industries. Therefore, it’s important to check in with yourself, your colleagues, employees, friends and family to see if you can offer any support for those in need.
The Mental Health Awareness Week is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 22nd year and runs from 9-15 May. Across the country, people will be reflecting on loneliness and how it impacts our mental health. Long-term loneliness is closely linked to mental health problems such as depression and anxiety.
Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- During Mental Health Awareness Week use the hashtag #IveBeenThere to share experiences of loneliness to support others and give the campaign momentum.
- Download the free resources and distribute within your workplace to help raise awareness.
- Sign up to walk, run or job as part of our 80 Miles in May challenge and share your photos using #80MilesinMay and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #IveBeenThere and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek.