STEP 1: Change in the workplace starts with your management. Get the ball rolling by signing our Building Mental Health charter and by doing so you are making a commitment to join us in improving mental health in our industry. We will send you a copy of the charter to sign and proudly display to show that you are committed to making a difference.
You can sign our Building Mental Health Charter by clicking the image on the right.
STEP 2: If you have an employee assistance programme for your staff, make sure its well publicised with posters around the sites and cards given to all those in the programme. If you do not have a programme you can always use the Construction Industry Helpline. This is a 24/7 Helpline funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity who in turn are funded by the generosity of the companies and individuals in construction. These helpline cards and posters can be obtained by registered users of the Considerate Constructors scheme at www.CCScheme.org.uk/Products or they are available from the charity website www.ConstructionIndustryHelpline.com/Products
STEP 3: Create an interactive Tool Box talk to raise the awareness of everyone in the organisation to the mental health issues we have and help educate them on identifying possible signs of stress, anxiety and depression and how to start the conversation. If you do not have a "Tool Box" talk already in place then download and use this template version. It comes with a guidance note and is fully scripted. Simply click on the image opposite and the link will take you to the download site. Please note: as it contains videos, the file size is quite large at 78MB.
If you have remote workers who cannot attend the "Tool Box" talk, Considerate Constructors have a self paced course available on line. This is FREE but you will have to register your name and details
STEP 4: It is always good to have anyone that is a "people manager" in your organisation given a little more information on how to recognise and what to do when confronted by somebody with a mental health issue. Mental Health First Aid England have a CITB eligible generic course that raises better understanding and advice on potential pathways for help.
STEP 5: Having certified Mental Health First Aiders on site is probably the highest level at the moment, (this is a 2 day intensive course). For large sites we would encourage you to have one Mental Health First Aider for every 100 employees and subcontractors on site. These courses do incur costs and usually cost around £200 - £300 per delegate. Generic courses are available from Mental Health First Aid England. However, with the help of CITB and Mental Health First Aid England, we are developing a construction focussed Mental Health First Aider course and we will have the resources certified to deliver this by July 2018. For more information contact Jenny.Corsale@Lighthouseclub.org