More and more individuals and organisations are emphasising the importance of talking to someone when we are anxious, worried or upset
Public Health England has today launched a major new campaign - Every Mind Matters - giving help and advice on mental health issues. This includes a wealth of information including how to support friends, relatives and colleagues who we may be worried about.
More locally we are delighted that the Coventry based Builders Merchants Federation is encouraging member organisations to recognise the importance of mental health and wellbeing in the construction industry. A survey in 2018 found that 57% of those in the construction trade had experienced mental health issues at some point, and one in four workers across the industry have considered taking their own life.
Just down the road in Solihull the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors (APHC) is highlighting the need to safeguard our mental health and wellbeing as the theme of its annual Quality Plumber Week, which also started today. John Thompson, the Chief Executive of the APHC is a regular volunteer at our branch in Coventry - that's him at the top of the page.
As part of their campaign, the APHC has interviewed Lee Woodgate, a 33 year old self-employed Plumbing & Heating Engineer who has talked about his own experience of coping with mental health issues. You can read his story here.
If you need someone to talk to, you can get in touch with us about anything that’s troubling you. We're here to help you work through what's on your mind. You can ring us free on 116 123 at any time of the day or night.
There is a growing understanding within our industry that mental health is as important as physical health
John Newcomb, Chief Executive, Builders Merchants Federation
Quality Plumber Week aims to target small companies and sole traders. Many face a wealth of pressures and their work-life balance isn’t always in check
John Thompson, Chief Executive, Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors
If you feel that life is not worth living, you're harming yourself or have thought about self-harm, it's important to tell someone. These thoughts and feelings can be complex, frightening and confusing, but you do not have to struggle alone.
Every Mind Matters