Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, is supporting a new campaign by the Home Builders Federation (HBF) which aims to support those working in the construction industry with their mental health.
The construction industry workforce has one of the highest rates of suicide for any profession. Two construction workers take their lives every day, and the risk of a male construction worker taking their own lives is three times above the national average.
The HBF ‘Laying the foundations for good mental health’ campaign aims to tackle the stigma of conversation around mental health, and encourage construction workers to talk to colleagues and support networks for support.
Commenting on the campaign, Andrew Gwynne said:
“As someone who has suffered from poor mental health, I know just how vital it is that you keep talking and reaching out for support.
It’s okay not to be okay, and I’m proud to be supporting this campaign which aims to better support construction workers right across the country.
Sharing feelings and concerns with those around is a key foundation for good mental health. So, let’s start talking.”
For any construction worker in need of help, please contact the @LighthouseClub_ 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline on 0345 605 1956. It’s free, confidential and provides support on a range of issues. Help can also be received over text by messaging HARDHAT to 85258.