Mental health problems in the construction industry account for over 200 suicides and over 400,000 lost working days per year, let alone the mistakes and poor workmanship that can go with the symptoms.
In common with service personnel, construction workers whilst being prone to stress, anxiety and depression for a number of different reasons, frequently don’t want to admit to having problems, often until things have gone too far and medical intervention is required .
As a predominantly male industry, this ‘macho can put pressure on workers to ‘suck it up’ and get on with things, even if they are really struggling.
Our Mental Health in Construction course is split into 4 easy-to-follow and engaging sections which aim to educate learners on the various types of mental health problems, the science behind and where to go to for external help. The course also puts a strong emphasis on breaking the stigma surrounding mental ill-health throughout.
Mental Health in Construction – Course Contents
1. Mental Health in Construction
Work-related stress can be triggered by heavy workloads, long working hours and constantly thinking about your physical wellbeing and safety – all whilst carrying out often high-risk or high-responsibility work. In this section, we look at some of the common triggers for poor mental health and the changing workplace culture.
2. Mental Health Problems
In this section, we raise awareness of common mental health problems, particularly anxiety and depression and also look at how stress and loneliness can have a big influence on mental health. The section also has additional information on a few other common mental illnesses.
3. Wellbeing toolkit
This third section is your ‘Wellbeing Toolkit’ that can help you maintain your mental health on a day-to-day basis. Whilst everyone may have their own ideas about how to keep a check on their mental health and wellbeing, this section has a variety of insights, mini exercises, recommendations and some ‘food for though’t so you can pick and choose what is best for you.
4. External Help
If you feel that your wellbeing is starting to become a concern for you and you feel that you may need some extra support, there are plenty of support services and help that you can call on and these can help family, friends and colleagues if they need some guidance. This section provides some useful external resources that you may wish to use to aid your wellbeing.
Duration: 40 Minutes
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