It aims to raise awareness of mental wellbeing issues in the construction industry and how workers can reach out for help.
The campaign — which was created by London agency And Rising, which stepped forward to support the charity after hearing about mental health issues in the industry — aims to get the construction sector talking and address the perception that construction workers are often seen as being ‘hard’ on the outside, despite research showing otherwise.
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The campaign is also being supported by the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme, which is despatching free posters to all registered sites and also including them with all of the charity’s construction industry helpline packs.
Lighthouse Club Charity CEO, Bill Hill, commented: “We want to deliver a message of hope and reassure our construction community that we’ve got their back and that we are working tirelessly to ensure that no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis.
“We really want the industry to get behind this campaign so that our workforce knows about all of the resources we have available to help inside the hard hat.
“If construction workers don’t know we are here, then we can’t help them.
“This is all about removing the stigma of talking openly about emotional wellbeing and encouraging people to start a conversation by checking that their work mates are OK.
“This one simple action could make all the difference to someone and could even save a life.”
The charity is encouraging the industry to share its messaging, not just within the boundaries of a site, but on external hoardings too.
It urges everyone to then take photos of their posters in situ and post them on social media to raise as much awareness as possible.
It also provides a 24/7 construction industry helpline which provides a range of free and confidential wellbeing support services and this is complemented by its free construction industry helpline app, which offers expert guidance on a huge variety of wellbeing issues.
For more information and to download free resources visit Help Inside the Hard Hat.
Mind, the mental health charity which provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem, has a confidential information and support line, Mind Infoline, available on 0300 123 3393 (lines open 9am - 6pm, Monday – Friday).
When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at [email protected], or visit www.samaritans.org to find your nearest branch.