Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Considerate Constructors Scheme launch new initiative to support mental health

A joint mental health awareness initiative has been launched by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

The initiative will help to support the mental health agenda in the construction industry.

Considerate Constructors Scheme registered sites, companies and suppliers can now provide their workforce with handy wallet-sized Construction Industry Helpline cards, as well as displaying posters to advertise the services.

Launched in 2014, the Construction Industry Helpline - which is not publicly funded and relies on the generosity and support of industry organisations, fundraising groups and individuals - provides a free 24/7 confidential employee assistance programme for the construction workforce and their families in the UK.

From highway and railway construction to office buildings and homes, from steel fixer, plant operator and ground worker to architect and surveyor - the Helpline is there to deliver mental health and wellbeing, financial assistance, legal advice and support on education and training.

With the support of the Considerate Constructors Scheme and to help promote the Helpline on site, a new range of packs has been launched.

With nine in the series, the packs are suitable for sites, companies and suppliers of different contract values and annual turnover.

By purchasing a pack, the site, company or supplier is also making a commitment to undertake a “Lighthouse Day”, which can be any day in the calendar year where anything can be done to raise much-needed funds for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity.

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity chief executive Bill Hill said: “As well as delivering emergency financial aid to those in our industry suffering hardship, we have augmented our Helpline services to support callers suffering from anxiety, stress, addictive behaviours and depression in support of the recent research into the mental health of the industry.

"It is now imperative that we put the Helpline Card in the hands of every construction worker in the industry, so they will always have a safety net to catch them at their time of need. The Considerate Constructors Scheme has fully embraced this initiative right from the start and we cannot thank them enough for their enthusiastic support.”

Considerate Constructors Scheme chief executive Edward Hardy said: “The scheme is keen to take its on-going support for the Construction Industry Helpline to the next level which is why we have launched these essential packs for the benefit of the entire workforce.

“The Helpline provides invaluable support for workers and their families during times of difficulty and hardship and has already made a huge difference to the lives of many people.

The scheme would like to see this important industry asset go from strength to strength which is why we are urging as many sites and businesses to purchase the packs and pledge to hold a “Lighthouse Day” to raise funds for the charity. There is no pressure to raise a target amount – just as much as you can on the day to make a difference.”

To access the helpline’s team of experts, call the Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 605 1956 or visit www.constructionindustryhelpline.com

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