Mental Health Awareness Week 2022: supporting our colleagues and supply chain
Mental Health Awareness Week aims to raise awareness of mental health, the stigma existing around it and mobilise efforts in support of mental health.
Statistics from Mental Health First Aid England show that one in four of us will experience a mental health issue at some point in our lifetime, with 90% of workers having been impacted by mental health challenges. Within our industry alone, 2.9 construction workers take their own lives every working day.
As a national housebuilder, we really care about the wellbeing of our colleagues and our supply chain, and we have a responsibility to play our part in addressing mental health concerns within the industry. We have a robust programme in place to ensure that our community can speak openly about their problems – either in their professional or personal lives. This includes our new subcontractors and supply chain - wellbeing support community, which can be accessed by those in our supply chain, via our digital learning platform. It contains advice and information to support them through change, development, periods of stress, mindfulness, resilience and much more. .
Since launching our Wellbeing Community for employees in October 2020, we have continuously worked to ensure that we are creating a place where all employees can access resources to help with their mental health and general wellbeing – from videos, to guides and e-books. We also have a Minds Matter group for all of our Mental Health First Aiders, who are able to partake in monthly workshops and meetings to keep up to date with what is going on around the business.
Also, throughout the year we ensure that we are promoting the importance of mental health and mark key awareness dates including Stress Awareness Month, Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day. We are proud to have trained 314 people on Mental Health Awareness, 91 as Mental Health First Aiders, 18 on Suicide First Aid Awareness and in total we currently have 127 Mental Health First Aiders across Countryside.