Heavy workloads, long hours, hard deadlines, difficult meetings, budgeting stress and other factors can all lead to mental ill health. Many construction practices have little, if any, support for employees around mental wellbeing.
According to Health and Safety Executive figures, 18% of reported work-related illnesses in the UK construction industry are the result of mental health problems, such as stress, depression or anxiety, which accounts for 400,000 lost working days each year. (IOSH Magazine)
The UK construction sector employs 1.2 million workers and the HCLG estimates that some 350,000 employees will experience a mental health problem at any one time (IOSH Magazine)
Worryingly…1 in 6 of us has a mental health problem such as stress, anxiety or depression, yet 1 in 5 fears that disclosure could cost us our job (Mates in Mind)