As World Mental Health Day 2023 approaches, observed annually on October 10th, we are reminded of the pressing issue within our industry. In the construction sector, a staggering “73% of UK builders experience mental health problems, such as anxiety or depression, every month” as reported by PBC Today. In this ‘macho’ industry, seeking support can be an uphill battle, which is why at Rockthorn, we are on a mission to redefine the norm. Our campaign aims to encourage reaching out for help and, more importantly, to recognise the early signs of mental health struggles before they escalate.
What is Mental Health Day?
“The overall objective of World Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and to mobilize efforts in support of mental health” as stated by The World Health Organization.
World Mental Health Day serves as a crucial platform for individuals to unite and share their experiences with mental health challenges. While there has been significant progress in increasing awareness and understanding of these struggles, there remains a considerable journey ahead. The more of us who are aware of the suffering that some people face, the more responsive we can all be to reach out and provide the help needed.
Mental Health – Spot the Signs
Mates in Mind have reported that “two people working in construction in the UK die by suicide every working day. Over 700 per year”. With statistics like this, we need to start raising awareness and inspire individuals harbouring these emotions to step forward. Equally, it is important to educate others to recognise the signs when someone around them may require a conversation and support. Together, we can make a significant difference in promoting mental well-being.
With all of the above being said, it’s time we take action. That’s why we’re excited to introduce our ‘Spot the Signs’ campaign, which involves the creation of a unique site sign outlining key indicators to watch for in your colleagues. We are featuring this sign, along with compelling individual stories from people in different job roles in the construction industry, in 5 videos and graphics that we will be launching on our socials over the next month. We are aiming to spread the message that is long overdue and to encourage anyone seeking help to step forward.
Companies and individuals, keep an eye on our socials over the next month to stay up to date with our campaign – If you are interested in getting involved and supporting the Spot the Signs campaign – We’d love to hear from you! Contact email@example.com and we can send you the sign we are featuring on our social accounts and campaign video. This sign is a reminder of what to look out for in yourselves and others to spot the signs of mental health before they get too far. Please feature this on your sites to spread the message.