Mental Health Hub

Welcome to the FIS mental health hub where you can find all the information and resources you need to help you with your mental health and wellbeing.  Did you know that:

  • Every single working day in the UK two construction workers take their own life
  • Stress, anxiety and depression account for a fifth of all work-related illness
  • Every year there are over 82,000 new cases of work related illness that can be directly attributed to working within construction
  • Every year over 2.4 million days are lost through injury or illness in our industry

The Mental Health statistics for construction are concerning.  It is vital that businesses make this a priority in these difficult times and provide support mechanisms to individuals to help look after their mental health.  BUT remember too that business leaders can suffer too and you need to be aware of this – remember are not alone and support is available in many forms. 

Look out for the signs and remember #kindnessmatters

This hub draws together a variety of tools and support materials to help members of the FIS community.

FIS Board Mentoring

The good news is FIS members have a unique opportunity to be mentored by members of the FIS Board who have decided to make the time available for our membership.  The FIS Board has a wealth of experience and comprises of experienced entrepreneurs who run their own businesses,  they too are facing the same challenges as the rest of the sector and hence are well placed to understand the challenges faced by businesses and individuals and provide mentoring support at this difficult time. 

Discounted training/support

FIS members can benefit from the following offers from New Foundation Counselling:

Adult MHFA two day online course dates from 15 June – September 2020 (Mon-Fri)

£300 + VAT.  FIS members £195 + VAT

Councelling support service

This Employers Assistance Provider service allows your employee to access confidential counselling by calling the New Foundation Counselling Service support line. The counselling received is tailored to the needs of the individual and delivered by qualified counsellors briefed on the nature and difficulties in the Construction Industry.

15% discount and a free branded company mental health policy

For more information email: info@newfoundationcounselling.com

BuildersBrew

This campaign is designed to get the construction industry, its supply chain and public engaged to raise awareness about mental health issues that could affect anybody. 

The concept of #BuildersBrew is to talk about mental health over a mug of tea/coffee and ask people to send a photo of themselves with their #BuildersBrew mug to visually show support for mental health.

Useful Resources from around the web

Mental health for small workplaces eLearning
Small and medium organisations account for 99% of the businesses in the UK. But research shows that, when it comes to mental health, they often fall behind larger organisations.

Guides to wellness action plans
Wellness action plans (WAPs) are an easy, practical way of helping you to support your own mental health at work. If you are a manager, they’re also a useful tool in helping you to support the mental health of your team members.

Mates in Mind Mental Health Toolkit
The pack includes a range of tailored materials to support organisations to start the conversation about mental health, signpost employees to support services and to highlight the organisations partnership with Mates in Mind.

Top tips to deal with stress, anxiety and social isolation related to COVID-19 phenomenon

 This webinar looks at the causes and symptoms of stress, anxiety and social isolation.  It was delivered in May 2020 by our partners and mental health experts New Foundation Counselling.

COVID-19 and the impact on mental health

The impact of fear and uncertainty on mental health and how it affects your physical health, lack of concentration, anxiety and worry for oneself and others.  The impact of isolation and working remotely – what practical steps might be taken to reduce isolation and loneliness
The impact of change – how to deal with disruption and lack of control in dealing with the current crisis.