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World Mental Health Day - Working Minds

10th October is World Mental Health Day and the theme for this year is 'Make mental health and well-being for all a global priority'

Stress, depression and anxiety are the second biggest cause of work-related ill health in the construction industry and the earlier a problem is tackled the less impact it will have for your workers.

Get started today with five simple steps from our Working Minds campaign:

  1. Reach out and have conversations

  2. Recognise the signs and causes of stress

  3. Respond by agreeing relevant action points between employer and worker

  4. Reflect on the actions taken – have things improved?

  5. Make it Routine to check back in on how things are going

Starting a conversation is an important first step in preventing work-related stress in construction. If you think that a worker is having problems, encourage them to talk to someone, whether it’s their line manager, worker or trade union representative, GP or their occupational health team if available.

If you need help getting conversations started, HSE's Talking toolkit aims to help managers talk with workers as part of their overall approach to preventing and managing work-related stress.

You can also access our partners Mates in Mind handbook or The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, which provides free and confidential 24/7 support.

If you would like to be trained to provide mental health support and first aid for your fellow colleagues, please check out the link below:

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