Marking World Mental Health Day earlier this week prompted us at Kori Construction to reflect on the state of our own industry when it comes to dealing with issues surrounding mental health.
Tragically, men working in the construction industry are three times more likely to die by suicide than the national average for men. This is something that urgently needs addressing.
We work hard to try to help our employees manage their mental health positively by having Mental Health Awareness representatives on all of our sites and by encouraging people to talk about how they feel. Our Head of CSR, Elaine Kendall, provides Mental Health Awareness Training across the business and this morning ran such a training session for our office staff.
But there is always more we can do. As a business, we are committed to helping our employees to positively and proactively manage their mental health, and we are continually looking at new ways to achieve this. As we move forward, let us remember that while initiatives like World Mental Health Day serve to focus our minds on the issues at hand, helping people to manage those issues is a never ending process.
The industry should be working together every day of the year to ensure we stop losing friends and colleagues who feel too afraid to reach out.