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World Suicide Prevention Day 2019

10th September 2019

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, with the focus this year being on how people can help and support people who are struggling with mental ill health.

Mental Health in the Construction Industry

The construction industry has the highest suicide rate of any profession, with male construction workers being almost four times as likely to take their own life than the national average. Working within the construction industry can be both stressful and demanding – long working hours, hard physical work and some degree of uncertainty in the industry can all contribute to mental ill health.

Bromak understand the importance of maintaining good mental health. We have several appointed Mental Health First Aiders at Bromak, so if you need someone to talk to or you’re concerned about someone you know then make sure to get in touch with your contact at Bromak. The Mental Health First Aiders at Bromak will offer non-judgmental support and can refer you on to other services if necessary.

Spotting the Signs that Someone May Need Help

If you do have concerns about someone’s mental health, it can sometimes be difficult to approach the subject with them. Here’s a link to a helpful flyer developed by PAPYRUS and Nightline, which illustrates some conversation starters you can use if you’re concerned about someone.

Time to Change’s “Ask Twice” campaign says that, sometimes, we may say we’re fine but we’re really not. So if you have concerns about anyone you know, then make sure you ask them twice if they’re OK.

Some of the signs that someone may need help include:

  • – Someone distancing themselves from others
  • – Not wanting to do things they usually enjoy
  • – Changes in personality and/or appearance
  • – Dangerous or self-harmful behaviour, including an increased risk or drugs and/or alcohol might be a sign that an individual may no longer value their life.

Other helpful resources:

Construction Industry Helpline Appa free app available on Android or IOS devices. The app provides important information, support & advice on a variety of wellbeing topics (including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts). Alternatively, you can call the helpline on 0345 605 1956.

The Samaritanscall free on 116 123. The Samaritans offer a 24 hours a day, 365 days a year helpline. You can call for free at any time to discuss anything you’re going through.

Mindcall 0300 123 3393 or text 86463. Mind can provide guidance and information on a range of topics including different types of mental health problems and where to get help.

Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)call 0800 58 58 58 or 0808 802 58 58 or webchat (www.thecalmzone.net/help/webchat/). The helpline and webchat are available 365 days a year, from 5pm – midnight.

For more information on maintaining Health, Safety & Wellbeing in the construction industry, take a look at Bromak’s Health & Safety Guide.

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