Every year, on 10 September, organisations around the world get together to raise awareness about suicide prevention. Let’s take a moment to shine a spotlight on a topic that often remains in the shadows. The construction industry is the backbone of our communities, but it also faces unique challenges, including mental health issues.
Did you know?
In the construction sector:
- The suicide rate is 3.7 times higher than the national average.
- Construction workers are at a higher risk of experiencing depression, anxiety, and stress.
- The nature of the job can lead to a sense of isolation and pressure.
These statistics are a stark reminder of the importance of addressing mental health within our industry.
How does Lighthouse Club help?
- Financial Assistance: They offer financial aid to those in crisis, helping individuals and families through difficult times.
- Emotional Support: They provide a listening ear, mental health resources, and counselling services to promote wellbeing.
- Awareness and Education: Lighthouse Club actively campaigns to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health in construction.
The 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline offers free and confidential support and advice on a huge variety of wellbeing issues. Expert helpline advisors provide a listening ear and are able to signpost to additional support where necessary. Many callers present complex issues that need multiple interventions and these are managed by caseworkers. The caseworkers specialise in providing holistic support and working with third party organisations to ensure that callers get the support they need to access all of the possible help available.
If you’re uncomfortable talking or unable to find space for a private phone conversation you can receive 24/7, free and confidential guidance and support over text. Chat with a trained volunteer and share what you’re comfortable with, whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious, suicidal or simply struggling with everyday life.
The free Helpline App is the ultimate self-help tool in the palm of your hand. Each section of the app offers advice on a variety of conditions or issues, self- assessment tools, coping strategies and referral pathways to access expert advice and support. It is free to download on iOS and Android.
If you need help or support now or know someone who does:
- Call 0345 605 1956
- Text HARDHAT to 85258
- Download the App
Help is always available – no one should suffer alone!