World Mental Health Day took place on 10th October 2018, with people across the globe showing their support in raising awareness for all types of mental health. On the same day, CR Civils introduced their first Mental Health First Aid Training course – with the feedback being very positive. Our Procurement Director is a committee member of The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, which supports the construction community. They released their Impact Report for 2017, highlighting that every working day, two construction workers take their own lives.
After seeing these statistics, we became determined to break the stigma around mental health and build a positive mental health culture within our company. All CR Civil Engineering’s employees have a Construction Industry Helpline card in their care, as information on who to contact for support and advice for anybody who feels affected in any way with mental health.
Since 10th October 2018, we have been offering Mental Health First Aid Training to ALL of our employees who would like to participate. As of January 2019, 25 employees have successfully completed the training, with more courses planned for this year. As a company, we are aiming to educate and inform all of our workforce on mental health issues and the importance of undertaking the Mental Health First Aid Training. There are plans that our Training Department will further extend our mental health culture by introducing a Mental Health Awareness course this year for those who would like to attend.
The more we all understand mental health, the more who can identify the signs and potentially save a life.