Construction companies win awards for mental health work

Construction companies have won awards recognising their achievements in promoting positive mental health in the industry from Mates in Mind, the mental health in construction charity established by the British Safety Council and the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG).

The new Mates in Mind Impact Awards aim to reward and celebrate the good work being done by construction businesses to improve both the mental health of their own workforces and others in the sector.

The awards were open to supporters of Mates in Mind, which provides support, guidance and training for construction companies on improving the mental health and wellbeing of their workers and ending the stigma surrounding mental health problems. They were judged by an independent panel, and the winners were announced and presented with their awards at the British Safety Council’s recent 60th International Safety Awards Gala Dinner in London.

The Mates in Mind Impact Award for SMEs with less than 250 employees was won by RSE Group, an Essex-based mechanical and electrical engineering specialist. The judges were impressed with the top-level commitment within the company to promoting positive mental health, the emphasis on getting suppliers on board with mental health initiatives, efforts to identify and promote mental health ‘champions’ and steps to ensure the active involvement of site managers in ensuring the workforce’s mental wellbeing.

The Highly Commended nominee in this category was presented to Artelia, a London-based project management and engineering consultancy.

The Mates in Mind Impact Award for large organisations was won by Barhale, a leading civil engineering and infrastructure company. The judges were impressed by the company’s “clear and realistic” strategy for promoting good mental health and active, top-level commitment to the programme.

Barhale’s initiatives include an annual staff survey on mental health, which will be analysed to feed into the wellbeing programme. The company has also developed a bespoke, in-house mental health training course to equip line managers with the knowledge and skills to confidently identify and support colleagues’ mental health. 

The Highly Commended nominee in this category were Galliford Try and Tideway & Contractors.

Congratulating the winners and highly commended organisations, Joscelyne Shaw, executive director of Mates in Mind, said: “Mental health problems affect around one in four of us in any given year, but there is still huge stigma that can prevent people experiencing a mental health problem from talking about it to their families, friends and colleagues.

“I’m delighted the construction industry is taking up the challenge of raising awareness and understanding of mental health and promoting positive mental wellbeing throughout the sector.

“The winners of the inaugural Mates in Mind Impact Awards recognise the human, moral and business case for supporting and promoting positive mental health at work. They are setting an excellent example to their peers across the construction industry.” 

Mates in Mind was launched to the construction and related industries in September 2017. To date, over 100 construction companies have become official supporters and are striving to improve the mental health and wellbeing of their own workforces and others across the industry.

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