Mental Health Awareness Week May 2021

Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 10-16 May 2021, this year’s theme is ‘Nature’.  For many of us though, ‘being in nature’ may not be as easy as it sounds.  The good news is, you don’t have to climb a mountain to feel the benefit – there are lots of simple ways to bring nature into your everyday. Find out more about how nature can help your mental health, whether you are at home or working away by clicking here to The Mental Health Foundation Website.

Mental Health In Construction Stats

Close to 7 in 10 construction workers report suffering from workplace stress, and the rate for construction suicide is more than three times the national average for men. We lose more than one construction worker everyday to suicide in the UK. At NWSA, we feel it’s a part of our duty to promote a better mental health culture within the industry to help to change these terrible statistics.

What can you do to improve your mental health?

The construction industry has factors that contribute to poor mental health for workers, such as people working away from home, a high proportion of the workforce is self-employed, and with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic being another potential influencer.

Things you could do immediately to potentially improve your mental health include:

  • Speaking with your family and friends about how you feel, both positive and negative.
  • Get some exercise, even if it’s as little as a short walk in the fresh air.
  • Eat well and drink lots of water.
  • Ask for help when you need it, and be kind to others.

How North West Skills Academy Can Help

Tony Bewley is our dedicated learner support officer and a mental health first aider – he is available to speak with regarding any health issues in and out of the workplace. You can connect with Tony by calling 0161 4424344 or e-mailing tonybewley@nwskillsacademy.co.uk. You are never alone at NWSA; our only aim is to help you progress and succeed in your mental health. 

Other Sources Of Help

Listed below are national organisations who are there to support construction workers suffering from mental health issues. It’s never too early to start the conversation and get talking.

Mates In Mind: https://www.matesinmind.org/

The Construction Industry Helpline: https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/

Mind: https://www.mind.org.uk/

Samaritans: https://www.samaritans.org/

Please don’t suffer in silence, there is nothing that can’t be resolved.