Mental Health At Work – Changing Culture in Construction
Mental Health – Construction – Community
On behalf of the working party, we are pleased to announce that the 1st Mental Health in Construction Conference to be held in Bridgwater on the 16th May 2019. This conference provides an ideal opportunity to hear from key note speakers within the industry, learn about emerging findings and start to change the culture of mental health in construction.
The conference seeks to encourage all those attending to sign the Building Mental Health Charter, adopt measures to raise mental health awareness within their business and start to change the culture that causes male site workers in construction to be three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male.
This shocking mental health statistic is a vivid reminder of the difficulties faced by many working in the construction industry every day. This conference aims to challenge the current culture around mental health inviting instead for it to be the main foundation upon which we construct a new culture. The conference brings together construction, mental health and community as a triangle of support upon which a new culture can start to breathe and take root.
The conference aims to bring together local construction companies, mental health services, construction trades and community support services to exchange and share their experiences, and give insights into how to start to change culture within their business making it a more mentally healthy environment to work in.
Its been said that in construction we shout about safety, but whisper about wellbeing and mental health. Its time for this to change.
Some key outcomes of the conference we are hoping for are:
- Encourage safer working environments so people can open up
- Have a mental health first aider on every project
- Adopt The Building Mental Health Charter and follow the principles
- Connect with the community support (to reduce isolation/ loneliness)
The conference starts at 9am to finish at 1pm
Bill Hill CEO The Lighthouse Club
Bill gained over 20 years experience holding senior positions in blue chip giants Hewlett-Packard and Sage PLC before turning to the Charity sector in 2009 where he was CEO of Wooden Spoon the Children’s Charity of Rugby. Since joining the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity as CEO in 2013, Bill has been instrumental in raising the profile of the charity and launching the Construction Industry Helpline.
Martin Coyd Head of Health and Safety – Construction Health and Safety, UK
Martin is a leading Health & Safety Professional in the UK construction industry and is Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Mace Construction. Martin has a wealth of experience in Health & Safety and has a huge passion for Health and Wellbeing. Martin spent 18 years in the Royal Engineers in the first part of his work life
Martin has a leading role in the UK’s Building Mental Health Framework and was Chair of Build UK Health Group and also the Construction Public Health Responsibility Deal. He was named in the SHP 2017 list of the 15 Most Influential in Health and Safety and awarded the OBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List
Becky Wright – Founder New Leaf Life Design
This conference starts at 9am start to finish at 1pm on 16th May 2019 to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week.
Conference Workshop Presenters
Suicide and Construction – Albert Bruff – Safety Advisor for BriggsAmasco Ltd
Albert has been in the flat roofing company since 1978. He has spent 25 years on tools, 6 years as a contract’s manager and 9 years as a safety advisor. In November 2018 he qualified as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor as part of the CITB and Building mental Health Programme.
Joanna Hadden – Bridgwater Voices Community Choir
The Musical Director is Joanna Hadden BA (Hons) Mus, Dip Mus
Joanna is an experienced Choir Leader, Music Teacher and Professional Musician. Having run adult and children’s choirs as well as school orchestras for over 10 years, Joanna is also a professional musician and has been teaching Music for over 25 years. She is keen to engage construction workers in her choir for wellbeing.
Recovery is possible – Michael Hector, CMIOSH – Regional Safety Manager,
Michael Hector is Regional Safety Manager at Interserve where he has worked for 9 years he won a Training Trust Award in 2012. He is an experienced in improving safety performance and efficiency for large construction organisations. Michael trained with the CITB initiative and Mental Health First Aid England and now delivers the two-day Mental Health First Aid Training.
- Becky Wright – New Leaf Life Design
- Jackie Forsey – Somerset Construction Training Group
- Michelle Moylan – National Federation of Builders
- Sam Evans – Hinkley Supply Chain Engagement
- Vivienne Greenwood – Project Manager Bridgwater Chamber of Commerce
- Hannah Ranby – Construction Skills and Innovation Bridgwater & Taunton College
- Lynda Wookey – Exelin Group
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