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Focus on Mental Health in construction

23 February 2017

A joint sector-wide survey held by the ECA and BESA in March and April 2016 showed that mental health was the fourth biggest occupational health concern to building services engineering companies.

Of these respondents 30% identified stress as a significant hazard. The survey also showed that 79% thought that stress and mental health will become either marginally or much more important in the next 5-10 years. Only 1% thought stress and mental health would become less important.

In January 2017, the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) invited industry CEOs and senior health and safety professionals to discuss progress on occupational health in construction. The ECA attended on behalf of both Associations, and the meeting was also attended by Unite.

The meeting launched ‘Mates in Mind’, which aims to improve and promote positive mental health across construction. In addition to helping employers and employees with mental health issues, HCLG’s focus on mental health may also lead to supply chain enquires.

‘Mates in Mind’ includes a mental health awareness and educational programme. Its new website provides information for both employers and employees, where it says they “are here to help point you in the right direction if you need help with your own, or a mate’s, Mental Health”.