Chandlers Building Supplies is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week by highlighting the help available to its customers and the wider building industry through the Construction Industry Helpline.
The merchant pointed to recent surveys which reveals that more then half (55%) of those working in the construction trade experienced mental health issues in their lives, whilst a worrying 1 in 4 have even considered taking their own life at some point. Meanwhile, 88% said there needs to be more help and support available for those that suffer mental health issues.
Launching for Mental Health Awareness Week and running for the entire month of May, Chandlers is actively promoting and distributing the details of the free Construction Industry Helpline through its network of 13 branches throughout London, the South East and West Midlands. Offering a confidential and professional service to those within the construction sector, the Construction Industry Helpline (run by the Lighthouse Club construction industry charity) has already been a lifeline to many within the sector.
Numerous factors specific to construction work are said to exacerbate poor mental wellbeing such as tight deadlines, often with penalties for non-compliance, to long commutes, low rates of pay, job insecurity, isolation and fatigue.
Chandlers’ Sue McKinney said: “Research into mental health in construction is still in its infancy, but what we know is that it is a significant issue. As a result, Chandlers Building Supplies Brighton feel it is important to do something to help. We want as many of the 2.1 million construction workers in the UK to know about the Helpline and the aim is for every Chandlers Building Supplies’ customer to carry the card (providing details and the phone number) and also have one spare for a mate. ”
The phone number for the Construction Industry Helpline is 0345 605 1956