We’ve touched on the increased awareness of mental health and stress in the construction sector previously, and with suicide causing more deaths than accidents in this area between 2011-2015, this is definitely a topic we need to continue to explore.
It’s shocking to think that over 1,400 construction workers took their own lives in the UK in that 4-year period alone, and definitely highlights the importance for continued exposure of the mental health of our workforce moving forward. One big step in tackling the stress and mental health issues faced in construction has been to introduce mental health awareness and stress management training courses, so that anyone who is struggling can get the support they need, when they need it!
Stress management courses are designed to teach candidates about the cycle of stress, common workplace “stressors” and how to identify signs of stress from fellow workers. This is with the aim of both preventing the stress from becoming a larger problem for the person in question, but also identifying the cause of the stress and resolving it as far as possible. Whilst we all expect to handle a certain level of stress in our everyday lives, encouraging members of the workforce to undertake a course on stress management will give them a better idea of how to handle both their own stresses and work with those around them to prevent wider stresses in the workplace.
Mental Health Awareness
Mental health awareness courses cover the whole spectrum; from an introductory course to how mental health can affect workers to becoming a mental health first aider and champion for others to come to, there are a wide range of options to explore for those who wish to become involved with the mental wellbeing of their workmates and workplace in general. Whilst mental health and stress courses are closely linked, mental health courses cover a wider range of causes, including workplace stresses and neurological reasons (such as dementia or Alzheimers). These courses also link closely with those that cover the Mental Health and Capacity Act.