2020 has not been an easy year for construction expos. With many postponed until next year, the industry has adapted the way in which these events are presented. This year, the UK’s largest built environment event, UK Construction week (UKCW) has gone online. The five day event will see industry leaders ‘debate and scope out what a successful recovery looks like’.
No doubt some discussion will surround the importance of mental wellbeing. After all, 2020 has not been an ‘easy year’ for anyone. As a result, addressing issues with mental health stigma has never been more important. For this reason, this week we’re looking back on the Mind Your Head art exhibition displayed a year ago at UKCW 2019.
UK Construction Week 2019, which took place from 8th – 10th October 2019, hosted the Mind Your Head Material Support gallery. The walk through exhibition featured a series of construction based artworks donated by companies aimed towards promoting mental wellbeing to men working in the Construction Industry.
Mind Your Head is a national campaign devised by leading psychotherapist Dr. Gareth Palmer. The exhibition at UKCW acted as the launch of the campaign, with companies donating materials to be transformed into artworks. These companies included: VELUX as a main sponsor, TradePoint, Careys, Crittall, Kingspan, Ancon, Portakabin, George Barnsdale, Zest, QPSL, William Hare, BWF, Assent, Tremco, Gripsure, Timber Trade Federation, ICON, Concept Cubicles, AluK, Maber and RIBA.
Mind Your Head 2019: Featured Works
Poor mental health continues to be an issue in construction. Every working day in the UK, two construction workers take their own lives. If you are struggling, reach out. Call the Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 605 1956 (UK) or 1800 939 122 (ROI)