The past few months have been stressful for many in the Construction Industry, the lockdown enforced in response to the Coronavirus has seen many with lower than usual or no work. This is a challenging and uncertain situation to be put in, with many families in the construction sector left without income. However, the industry is not without support. A range of industry based charities have pledged to support the workforce during the ongoing disruptions caused by Covid-19.
Being out of work can lead to a rise in stress, anxiety and depression, the latter being the biggest killer in the construction industry. On average, two construction workers per day take their own lives. Further, the number is expected to rise. This is a sobering statistic and puts into harsh reality the stress felt by many across the industry. In March, The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity have stated:
“During these difficult and uncertain times we would like to reassure everyone that our 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline and complementary app are still fully operational to support our construction families in crisis. All calls are free and 100% confidential. The outbreak and spread of Coronavirus in the UK has led to challenging times for many. If you have been affected by the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please do not hesitate to get in touch with us and we will support you and your family in any way we can.”The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity are providing financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families who have suffered an injury, long term illness or just need some extra support.
Charity Mates in Mind, who focus on encouraging mental well-being within construction and related fields, have released advice for employees and employers regarding working from home. The resource encourages employers to signpost employees to mental health support, while employees are encouraged not to look up rumours and myths surrounding Covid-19 as they can fuel stress and anxiety responses. The full resources and a range of additional supporting links can be found on their website.
The Samaritans are continuing to run all services throughout the Covid-19 charity Mates in mind have released advice regarding those working from home social distancing programme – excepting face to face meetings.
These are unprecedented times for everyone in the UK. Many are feeling the pressures of being without secure incomes or stability at home. If you should need to be in contact with these charities, please use the links and numbers listed here:
The Construction Industry Helpline:
03456051956 / https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/
Mates in Mind:
02035105018 / https://www.matesinmind.org
116 123 / [email protected] / https://www.samaritans.org