“There is a great deal of work that can be done to create a corporate culture where mental health is discussed openly, and where people know that support is available and that they won’t be judged for asking for it,” Zoe explains to readers. “Recently, there’s been a move to address mental health in the construction industry, with the initiative Mates In Mind, which aims to address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in the UK construction industry.”
Zoe then goes on to highlight RSK’s own recent health and wellbeing initiatives, including RSK’s group of internal wellbeing champions and recent participation in the Ask Twice campaign, which aim to raise awareness of mental health across the organisation.
“At RSK we have a longstanding corporate tradition that each formal meeting starts with a ‘safety moment’ in which people share health and safety issues that they’ve encountered,” says Zoe. “More recently, as a result of internal initiatives focused on mental health, we have encouraged colleagues to use the ‘safety moment’ as an opportunity to talk about mental wellbeing and any pressures they’re experiencing.
“To support this, we participated in the charity MIND’s #AskTwice initiative, which is part of MIND’s Time to Change campaign,” Zoe continues. “We also used one of MIND’s campaign videos in our ‘safety moments’, to highlight mental health issues. In addition, we have appointed 40 ‘wellbeing champions’ to promote all aspects of wellbeing.
“Though we’re still at the early stages of implementing these changes, we’re already seeing our employees becoming more comfortable with talking about their mental health.”You can read the full article, ‘Don’t let Blue Monday get the better of you or your mates’, on the Construction Update website here.