This Spring we are going to make a poster for construction sites.
On the posters will be portraits of members of the construction industry, stats about mental health in the industry, links to support organisations, and a QR code. When the QR code is scanned it takes the viewer to audio files of construction workers talking about why they think the industry faces the difficulties it does with mental health.
If you would like to be photographed or interviewed, please register interest by filling out the form at the bottom of the page and tell us where you are based.
Dates, locations will be firmed up in Feb/March. Interviews will last approx. 30 mins.
All interviewees will receive a £25 stipend for their time.
If 3 or more workers from a single site can get involved, that site will receive a free poster.
All participants will receive a free digital copy of their portrait.
We believe a big part of what makes mental health such a problem in all areas of society is the stigma around it. The aim of these posters is to normalise conversations about it, by sharing conversations with members of the industry.
Why are we doing this?
- Every year over 2.4 million work days are lost through injury or illness in the construction industry.
- Stress, depression or anxiety account for a fifth of all work-related illness in this industry.
- A male construction worker is 3x more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male.
- In 2017, 454 construction workers took their own lives, making this industry the worst for suicide in the UK.
Posters will be available for purchase by sites from May 2020 at £100 each.
See below for example of how it will look.