A UK construction charity has gone on to see a 105.5% surge in messages to its text helpline post the launch of one of the initiatives to take the mental health message to the construction sites as well as estates teams throughout the country.
Hays, which happens to be the construction recruitment specialist, along with the charity Band of Builders- BoB in October, took the lead when it came to visiting sites as well as reaching out to both bosses as well as operatives so as to discuss tackling the mental health crisis in the sector and signposting support, which happens to be readily available, free, as well easy to access.
Gavin Crane, the BoB CEO, says that Hays is placed uniquely to take the mental health message across sites, and the fact that the number of messages to their text service has more than doubled in the quarter goes on to highlight the effect they are having when it comes to signposting members of the construction community for that all-important first step when it comes to asking for help.
It is indeed vital to keep signposting where construction workers can get help if they happen to be struggling with their mental health; they can text BOB at 85258.
The current figures from the helpline show that text about depression, financial issues, or relationship problems comprises 52.9% of messages. The number of cries for help when it comes to construction workers taking into consideration their own lives has dipped from 30.4% to 13.1% in the last quarter.
Director of the construction as well as property division at Hays, Gaelle Blake, remarked that they have been really impressed with the incredible work Band of Builders is accomplishing so as to raise awareness of the mental health issues that exist in construction workers and are indeed pleased to be able to help them.
Offering signposting and support in the case of construction workers who might as well be struggling is necessary to make sure that mental health in the UK gets openly spoken about in the construction sector and that workers get to have all the support they require.