United Living shows support for Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
From 8-14 May, United Living is running a number of initiatives in support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017.
Bob Richardson - Mental Health Awareness Week
A recent survey by Construction News highlighted the need to inspire change in the industry with 55% of respondents citing they have suffered from mental health issues, 41% of whom have experienced issues in their current jobs.
These statistics are more than double the national average, emphasising the need to encourage those working in construction especially, to seek support when it is required. This week, United Living will be working with its employees across all areas of the business, to breakdown the stigmas associated with talking about mental health, though a series of workshop sessions. The workshops are encouraging employees to speak up and be heard. They are delivered in partnership with the charitable organisation Mind, who will be running supplementary sessions to point out what signs and symptoms to look out for in colleagues who may be suffering.
By coming forward to share his own experience with the team through a short recorded video, United Living’s SHEQ (Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality) advisor, Bob Richardson, has helped to demonstrate that it is ok to admit if you are struggling with mental health related-issues.
After losing his wife to terminal cancer, Bob explains in the video how he felt that he had been left alone in the world and how this had a knock-on affect to his everyday life. He says, “Mental health sometimes seems a scary phrase to use” but “without help, I probably wouldn’t have got here today”.
Bob’s advice to other colleagues who may be struggling with the loss of a loved one, workplace stress, or anything else that is causing them to feel isolated, depressed or anxious is to make sure you “don’t hide things away”.
To ensure long-term support is in place following this week’s awareness campaign, United Living is setting up a Mental Health First Aid team. This service will be available to all employees working for the business who are in need of somebody to listen to them.
If you know someone who has been affected by Mental Health or are a sufferer yourself, please contact Mind on 0300 123 3393.
For further information on what signs and symptoms to look out for, or how you can help a colleague – please visit the Mind website here: https://www.mind.org.uk/