HVP Magazine – Editorial comment May / June 2021: Mental health support
MAY / JUNE 2021 EDITOR’S COMMENT: MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
This is an edited version of the editor’s commentary for our May / June 2021 issue.
With the continued and measured ‘unlock’ of the country taking place in England and parts of Scotland on May 17th, and the number of COVID-19 cases remaining relatively low, there is still cause for optimism. the future. However, it is important to remember that the past 14 months have been trying for a large part of the British population. As such, mental resilience has been pushed to the absolute breaking point for many.
This year’s recent Mental Health Awareness Week (May 10-16), hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is a great reminder that ‘getting back to normal’ will not be easy for everyone, even for tradespeople who continued to function relatively normally (aside from social distancing and additional hygiene procedures) during the pandemic.
A recent study of 500 tradespeople by IronmongeryDirect found that almost half (49%) have mental health issues due to work-related issues. And nearly three-fifths (58%) experience some form of stress, anxiety, or depression at least once a week.
These are important numbers, and while awareness is an important starting point, it is more important that we as an industry do what we can to make sure trades people know the options that are available. offer to them if they don’t make it.
In addition to national charities, such as Mind (mind.org.uk) and the Samaritans (samaritans.org), there are also specific construction organizations that can help support both businesses and individuals.
Mates in Mind is a charity dedicated to helping trades companies better understand mental health issues and provide staff with the resources they need to identify and welcome those who are suffering, so if you are a business owner company that wants to support its employees, then matesinmind.org could be of help.
There are also online communities, such as MENTalk on Facebook, that encourage tradespeople to open up and help each other with mental health issues.
The pandemic has shown us that it is more important than ever to pay attention to these issues.