In support of Mental Health Awareness Week running from the 8th – 14th May 2017, McNicholas have taken this important Health and Wellbeing subject onto the road, as part of our annual Lookout for Safety roadshow, to raise awareness about mental health and its role in our Wellbeing. Our interactive presentation includes sharing an understanding of what mental health is, why it is important, what influences our mental health and where to turn to for advice and guidance if need be.
With the focus of Mental Health Awareness Week 2017 we also share the ’10 Keys to Happier Living’ promoted by Action for Happiness and Mental Health First Aid England which are Relating, Exercising, Awareness, Giving, Trying Out new things, Direction, Meaning, Resilience, Emotions and Acceptance.
“Regrettably suicide kills far more construction workers than falls from height” says Steven McNicholas, Safety and Sustainability Director at McNicholas, “people are reluctant to talk about the way they are feeling, what impact work can have on mental health, or how mental health can affect your performance at work. At McNicholas we take mental health seriously. We are working with initiatives including Mates in Mind (www.matesinmind.org) and are rolling out training to Mental Health First Aiders across the Company making it acceptable to discuss this issue with colleagues and managers.
Importantly we offer our employees support through an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) helpline. The helpline offers confidential information, advice and counselling on a variety of personal and workplace issues. At any time an employee, or other family member living with them, can contact the EAP support team. http://www.employeeassistance.org.uk/. Mental Health is complex, but at McNicholas like many construction industry employers we are seeking to break down the barriers to make it more acceptable to talk about the way we feel.”
For more information about Mental Health Week 2017 where the Organisation is looking at mental health from a new angle seeking to uncover why we are not all thriving with good mental. Visit their website: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/mental-health-awareness-week