Why occupational health and mental wellbeing matters in the workplace
Occupational health and mental wellbeing are becoming more and more important in the workplace. There has been a big push, rightly so, on how health and wellbeing is discussed across businesses in the UK. Making sure employees feel that they can talk to others and share their experiences is equally as important. Other reasons why it’s so important is that we educate everyone in the construction industry about mental wellbeing. Making sure that they recognise the signs and symptoms of their colleagues who are suffering means they might be able to help. The negative impacts of stress, anxiety, and depression can be reduced if the conversation is started early enough.
However, sometimes all this is not enough. This is why we have partnered up with the Lighthouse Club. More about them below.
Who are the Lighthouse Club?
The Lighthouse Club is home to the construction industry helpline. It’s both managed and funded by them. They are a charity, helping people for over 60 years. They do not receive any public funding, and so they rely on the support from construction businesses and workers. This includes the help from volunteers and fundraising events, which can be found on their just giving page.
They provide a range of services to those who need it. They provide emergency financial aid to those who are in immediate need of it, advice on occupational health and mental wellbeing as well as support on legal, tax and debt management matters. Their construction industry helpline is both free and confidential.
Highlighted facts by the Lighthouse Club
The facts below further enforce the need for the importance of mental health support on site.
- every year there are over 2000 major accidents that incapacitate the worker in such a way they cannot return to work
- almost half of all cancer cases in the UK are directly related to working in construction
- stress, depression, and anxiety accounts for a fifth of all work-related illnesses
- every single working day in the UK, two construction workers take their own life
- every year over 2.4 million working days are lost through injury or illness in the construction industry
If you would like to read more about the Lighthouse Club, then click on their website here. If you would like immediate support on anything mentioned in the blog, you can also call their helpline on 0345 605 1956.
If you would like to read more on the Lighthouse Club and how they offer support on occupational health and mental wellbeing, then please visit our page dedicated to our support of the Lighthouse Club. To contact us, you can give us a call on 01494 506 383. Alternatively, get in touch with us by sending an email to email@example.com.