We are committed to promoting good mental health and reducing mental ill health in the construction industry. To achieve this, we will promote and support mental health programmes and organisations who share our vision, which is to create a culture where there is no stigma surrounding mental ill health and where the root causes of the unsustainable pressures which may lead to mental ill health, are identified and eliminated.
Ultimately, the HCLG encourages construction employers to have in place a mental health programme which drives a culture of speaking up, and where design and construction programmes and workplace arrangements are implemented in such a way that the mental health and wellbeing of the workers is safeguarded and protected.
The HCLG has worked with Mates in Mind to develop an industry-wide framework and programme for construction employers to adopt in order to achieve this.
There are other mental health programmes available, and others in development - the HCLG commits to providing information about these programmes on this website as it becomes available, to ensure construction employers feel informed and empowered to adopt the programme which best suits their needs, and the needs of their workers
The HCLG will focus on the key areas of promoting good mental health, the prevention of respiratory disease, and the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders
According to the Centre for Mental Health (Mental Health at Work: Developing the business case (Sainsbury Centre, 2007), 91 million days are lost each year due to mental health problems. The Centre has calculated that the total cost to employers is estimated at nearly £26 billion each year – equivalent to £1,035 for every employee in the UK workforce.
Taking simple steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace should enable employers to save 30% or more of these costs a year.
HCLG Mental Health Working Group
Chaired by Steve Hails of Tideway, with cross-industry representation, the working group continues to focus on the principle of positive intervention and the creation of environments to prevent mental ill health but, importantly, proactively fostering positive mental health and wellbeing.
The current (as at July 2021) focus area for this group is Managing Anxiety in Emerging from Lockdown.
Notes from the groups latest meeting can be seen here, which show a summary of the discussions and the short term plan for the group to address this issue.
Further updates will be shared here as plans develop and are implemented.
General useful links and resources around mental health in construction
Mates in mind aims to provide clear information to employers on available support and guidance on mental health, mental illness and mental wellbeing, and how they can address this within their organisations.
A Design for Life - report on the potential impact of design on mental wellbeing