This week is Mental Health Awareness Week (13-19th May 2019) – and while we are seeing more people opening up about their own mental health within our groups – they often don’t know where to go to get the practical advice and support they need. Being in the construction industry is hard enough, many self employed people just don’t have the same protection as others – so it is important to have the right information.
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity is the only charity that provides financial and emotional support to the construction community and their families who have suffered an injury, illness or just need some extra support.
The charity provides a 24 /7 Construction Industry Helpline which is the first point of contact to access a range of completely free and confidential support services including;
• Emergency Financial aid to construction families in crisis
• Advice on welfare and mental wellbeing
• Support on legal, tax and debt management matters
Last year we received 1662 calls to the helpline and helped 629 construction families with over £1.245M of emergency financial aid. The helpline is the access point for all of our charitable support, whether that’s for financial support or for advice and guidance on a range of wellbeing and mental health issues.
Building Mental Health within Organisations
If you are responsible for others within your organisation, then the Charity can help too. There is lots of useful information to help companies develop a positive mental health culture on our Building Mental Health Website. Resources include a free downloadable tool box talk which can be adapted according to need and where people are ‘on their journey’.
To publicise the helpline services that we offer, companies can purchase our helpline packs at a low cost. The packs contain wallet sized helpline cards that can be distributed to employees and posters can be placed in prominent places around the office or site to publicise the support available to them.
To purchase packs for your organisations, click on the link –https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/products.html
Lighthouse Day is where organisations can take just one day to help us raise funds. Your Lighthouse Day can be anything you want, a dress down day, a site bbq or maybe something more energetic like a tough mudder challenge or other team event. A Lighthouse Day fundraising pack gives you advice and guidance on how best to promote your event and offers a few ideas as to what you might want to do to support us, find out more here – https://www.lighthouseclub.org/lighthouse-day/