Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity launches app

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity launches app

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has raised concerns surrounding the statistics that two construction workers take their own life every single working day.

Statistics have also revealed that stress, anxiety and depression currently accounts for a fifth of all work-related illness.

Therefore, a new collaboration between the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, construction software firm ‘COINS’ and ‘Building Mental Health’, is aiming to address this sensitive subject with a new ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app.

The free mental health app will provide vital information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.

The app, which is 100% confidential, will be launched on Friday 7 December 2018 at the Charity’s annual Christmas Lunch, held at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, said: “The app complements our existing 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline and is aimed at construction workers and their families. We recognise that not everyone feels comfortable talking about their feelings or personal situation, so the ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app is aimed at people who would like to find out more information about how they can perhaps help themselves or if necessary, take the next step in seeking professional help. It is a preventative tool and provides support at the initial stages of a situation so that the problem does not reach a life critical stage.”  

Although the construction industry is rising to the challenge of creating a healthier workplace, finding the right support is reportedly not always easy. The Lighthouse Club are already helping to drive significant change through a variety of mental health and wellbeing support programmes – but have said that there is still a long way to go, before the culture in construction removes the stigma from talking about mental health and wellbeing.

By providing a free app, which can be downloaded by anyone in the industry, they hope to combat this. The ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app will provide information, advice and guidance about how people can relieve the long term effects of stress, anxiety or depression as well as providing access to other areas of support such as anger management, drug and alcohol dependency, debt management, legal advice, and emergency financial aid.

COINS, who have over 35 years’ experience developing software solutions for construction companies, are also said to be passionate about giving something back to the industry.

CEO, Robert Brown, added: “Collaborating with the Lighthouse Construction Industry in building this important app to help support construction workers and their families has been a privilege. It is great way for COINS to give something back to the construction industry and hope that it will be a great help to both construction workers and their families when they need it the most.”

 The Construction Industry Helpline app can be downloaded on Google Play or the App Store.

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