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Mental Health Awareness – Mental Health First Aiders on site

Published 29 March 2016 | Written by London City Island
CategoriesCounselling services Mental health Open door policy Posters Stress

Following the great success Ballymore had with our charity abseil fundraiser for local mental health charity MIND, we decided to implement further measures to continue raising awareness for mental health issues on site. After discussions and a couple of workshops with representatives from MIND, three mental health first aiders were appointed. These mental health first aiders were put in place…


Monitoring stress levels of the workforce

Published 2 November 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesStress Worker fatigue

Work-related stress is commonplace within the construction industry. This has a number of knock-on effects, including, high blood pressure, low morale, poor decision making and can lead to mental health problems such as depression. For these reasons, it is important that managers interact with their workforce and are aware of any signs that employees may be suffering from work-related stress. Below is a method…


The Movember Foundation

Published 2 November 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMedications Posters

Too many men do not communicate or take action when it comes to their personal health. The Movember Foundation is a global charity which aims to raise funds and awareness for men’s health. They are dedicated to raising awareness and helping men to live longer, healthier and happier lives through investing in four key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and…


The Royal Mail Group’s efforts to support their workforce’s health and wellbeing

Published 19 October 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBenefits Consultants Consultation Healthy lifestyle advice Occupational health risks

As an employer it is important to ensure that the appropriate facilities and resources are available to effectively support your workforce. The construction industry may be able to learn from and share best practice with other industries. The Royal Mail Group have identified the benefits of workplace wellbeing. To support their employees, the following measures have been implemented: Positive HR…


Health and Wellbeing Toolbox Talks

Published 11 August 2015 | Written by Chris Jewell
CategoriesDrugs and alcohol policy Healthy lifestyle advice Stress Toolbox Talk

Toolbox Talks can be used to deliver daily briefings, provide up to date information and relay clear messages to the workforce. They are a great way of engaging with the workforce and can be used to deliver talks on relevant occupational health and wellbeing topics. Here at Kier we have produced and delivered a range of toolbox talks covering many important issues relating to…


Supporting the workforce: health wall

Published 31 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMedical conditions Posters

It is vitally important to support the health and wellbeing of the workforce. Sites should seek to provide advice and guidance to their workforce, to appropriately support employees. Below is an example of how sites have considered the wellbeing of their staff: A ‘health wall’ was introduced with posters and leaflets available for guidance on various health issues; The topic of mental…


Proactively supporting your workforce: Trauma Risk Management

Published 1 July 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesManagement attitudes Occupational health risks Stress

Work-related stress effects a significant number of people within the construction industry. It is important that site managers take a proactive approach to tackle this issue and provide appropriate support for staff. Below is an example of how sites can support the workforce: Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) is a trauma focused peer support system, which builds resilience by basing itself on keeping…


Using personal experiences to support the workforce with mental health issues

Published 17 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMedical conditions Mental health

Mental health issues and concerns are just as important as physical health problems, but can be overlooked. It is vitally important that the workforce has sufficient support and advice, should they need it. Below is an example of how you could raise awareness and offer support relating to mental health: One member of the site team voluntarily put together a case study…


Holding a mental health week across all sites

Published 16 June 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMedical conditions Mental health Stress

Mental health issues and concerns can often be difficult to address. Mental health and stress can have a negative impact on individuals lives and wellbeing as well as leading to physical health problems. It is important that the issues surrounding mental health are addressed in the workplace, with sufficient support and advice available. Below is an example of how company’s can address…


Mind offers mental health training, consultancy and coaching

Published 8 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesConsultants Medical conditions Mental health Stress Training

It is important to promote mental wellbeing in your organisation, to encourage a positive, healthy and productive workplace culture. A number of sites have achieved this by putting employees forward to take part in Mind’s mental health training, consultancy and coaching. The main aims of this training include: Helping to reduce absenteeism in the workplace; Encouraging a positive, healthy and…


Presentations from medical professionals on mental health issues

Published 6 May 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesBehaviour Mental health

It is important to provide an environment which openly discusses issues surrounding mental health, to dispel any associated stigmas.   Sites should work to support all members of staff and raise awareness of mental health issues. Below is an example of how a site has utilised the hospital environment they were working in, to better inform the workforce of the…


Time to Talk Day

Published 17 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Open door policy Stress

Time to Talk Day is coordinated annually by Time to Change. The week is all about preventing people being too afraid to talk about their mental health, because they fear it will affect their jobs or relationships. To support Time to Talk Day on your site, you could do the following: Display notices to promote awareness of stress; Make posters and leaflets from organisations…


World Mental Health Day

Published 16 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Open door policy

World Mental Health Day promotes mental health education, awareness and advocacy. This day will be focusing on mental health in the workplace. To support World Mental Health Day on your site, you could do the following: Read the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Spotlight on… mental health campaign which includes case studies of how sites have raised awareness of mental health amongst the workforce;…


World Suicide Prevention Day

Published 16 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Open door policy

World Suicide Prevention Day is coordinated annually by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The week is all about taking action to raise awareness of suicide prevention. To support World Suicide Prevention Day on your site you could do the following: Read the Considerate Constructors Scheme’s Spotlight on…mental health for information about how other companies are effectively approaching mental…


National Stress Awareness Day

Published 16 April 2015 | Written by CCS Best Practice Hub Administrator
CategoriesMental health Open door policy Stress

National Stress Awareness Day is coordinated annually by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA). The day is focused on reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing and performance at work. To support National Stress Awareness Day on your site, you could do the following: Provide an open door policy and supportive work environment; Make sure all your operatives are aware of any support that is…