Mental health within construction is a topic that is not commonly discussed and has recently been addressed by the NFDC.
The company has underlined the mental well-being of the employees and has made one of the key goals of 2019 and the following years to maintain a healthy state within the company and hopefully, inspiring other companies to act on mental health issues too.
At the end of 2018, NFDC signed the Building Mental Health Charter to commence a greater effort to improve the portrayal of mental health in the industry.
In a governmental report, facts state that the construction industry suffers from higher than average ill mental health and this is something that the NFDC has taken as an extreme precaution.
Statistics from Construction News Mental Health Survey show that 55% of workers in the construction industry have suffered from mental health and 42% of whom had been in the work place at the time. The Office of National Statistics found that low-skilled male construction workers are at greater risk than average of suicide, at 3.7 times above the national average. Further research was conducted by The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity who initiated a campaign to highlight the issues of mental health within the industry and have revealed that two construction workers take their own life every single working day in the UK with stress, anxiety and depression accounting for a fifth of all work-related illness. These alarming figures have triggered a responsive reaction from companies around the UK.