Today marks the start of Mental Health Awareness Week 2019. Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness to the challenges of addressing mental health, as well as the actions that we can take to improve it.
At nmcn, we are fully committed to protecting the physical and mental health of our people. Addressing Mental Health in the workplace ties in with our “People” Priority of our Positive Impact Plan 2025 and our commitment to supporting our workforce.
The construction industry is highly reported as having one of the poorest levels of mental health in the country. We want to be part of making a change in our industry. We believe in a workplace where everyone can thrive and having a positive impact in this area can make a difference to people and our communities.
Good mental health at work and good management go hand in hand and there is strong evidence that workplaces with high levels of mental wellbeing are safer, happier and more productive.
As part of our commitment to support our workforce, nmcn is running an internal and external campaign in support of Mental Health week which officially commences today, the theme this year is Body Image – how we think and feel about our bodies. Though this may feel decidedly unrelated to our industry, how we think and feel is certainly important. This is critical to our wellbeing, in the way we treat our minds and how we keep our bodies physically well and safe. This week is designed to raise awareness, generate conversation and share resources.
Mark Mason, Group QESH Director, said: “We have made a commitment to address mental health in our workplace and as part of that commitment we will be supporting mental health awareness week. Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma around this topic, which causes too many people to keep how they feel to themselves and this can have significant consequences.”
“It’s so important for us as a business to support our people which is why we are taking steps to reduce the stigma around mental health, help our colleagues to spot poor mental health, and signpost help and resources. Investing in the well-being of employees is essential for moving the industry forward. As an industry we must do more to let employees know they can discuss any mental health issues without fear.”
Over the course of the week, you will see how we are promoting awareness of mental health.
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