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Is Construction bad for your Mental Health

Is Construction bad for your Mental Health

I’m very conscious that I’ve been very sporadic on the blogging front but I’m dusting off my page and starting again with my latest journey…..

I’ve just finished the biggest project I’ve done so far, 1 Hr to Change .

I set a goal for myself at the start of the year that I wanted to have a membership site.  Little did I know how quickly that goal would happen.  Some funding became available from the D2N2 LEP to spend on SME’s and Micro-Businesses in the Construction sector as part of the Skills Support for the Workforce project in partnership with Learn Direct.

I knew what the challenges were with these businesses through working with my Clients.  Lack of headspace, fire fighting, cashflow, being pulled in lots of different directions, don’t have the right processes and procedures in place and are wasting time, money and resources.

I wanted to extend the reach of the funding to as many businesses as possible so I suggested building a membership site hosting a series of webinars, podcasts and films from local and national industry experts to help businesses to grow and be more profitable.  1hr to Change was born!

Between 8 May and 31 July 2018 I hosted 13 webinars and podcasts over 13 weeks with 13 different trainers plus bonus content.  It was a complete whirlwind and I didn’t get time to reflect on any of the amazing content as it was a case of, ‘done, done and onto the next one’ (name that tune?!).

At the time access to the webinars was just for businesses in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire but am delighted to say it’ s now available nationally for the next 12 months, AND IT’S FREE!!

Week 1 was all about Mental Health and Mental Wellbeing.  In a recent Construction News’s 2017 mental health survey it was found that 1 in 4 workers had considered suicide.  This statistic was still the same in 2018.

One of the main differences between men and women is that women talk and men don’t.  I know this first hand because I had depression a few years ago and boy, did I talk to my best friend about it, a lot.  How many of you reading this right now are suffering but have never said anything to anyone for fear of being weak?

Andy Dean, Managing Director of Building Site to Boardroom delivered the webinar.  BS2B are a not-for-profit organisation specialising in creating e-learning and face-to-face courses around wellbeing in the industry.  Andy has experience in the industry but is also a trained Counsellor, a perfect combination to get the industry’s attention.

“We have tools for everything in the industry but not for developing who you are on the inside”, was one of my favourite quotes and in this webinar there are some great tools to help in the moment but also to prevent getting to that moment in the first place.

Here’s the link to Andy’s page on the website where you can listen to a podcast I recorded with him.  You can also sign up to the site to get access to the webinar replay.  I hope it helps you and your teams in the future and it raises awareness to get people talking and bring this horrible suicide statistic down.

Mental Wellbeing