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
Look out for the signs and remember #kindnessmatters
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.
The Lighthouse Charity runs the Help Inside the Hard Hat Campaign which provides free resources for businesses to download to help support a focus on mental health in your business.
The Construction Industry Helpline is managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. The charity has been delivering charitable welfare and support to the construction community since 1956. The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is funded by the industry, for the industry. 0345 605 1956
The charity also provide a free app developed to be a preventative tool which provides support at the initial stages of a situation so that problems do not reach crisis point. The App can be downloaded in Android and IOS from here
FIS Board Mentoring
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.
Additional useful resources from around the web
Where to find a helping hand
As part of #StressAwarenessMonth the CICV Forum (a group of Construction Trade Associations in Scotland that FIS is a member of) produced an excellent a guide to mental wellbeing, with a comprehensive overview of leading charities and support networks and advice on where to find essential services.
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.
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.
An FIS Member should never feel alone, we are a community, please remember that your problems are our problems – 0121 707 0077 #TogetherWeAreStronger