The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates in the UK.
At Alright Mate?, we believe that addressing the social stigma around mental health is a powerful tool for preventing mental health crises. In responses to the alarming statistics surrounding mental health in construction, we have created a range of products which allow members of the industry to listen to other members of the industry talk openly about their own experiences and ideas about mental health. By bringing these often unspoken stories into the open, and letting people know here they can find support, our aim is to normalise the topic of mental health, and it make it more likely that people seek help early, if and when they need it.
We have recorded conversations with 13 members of the industry, from crane slingers to site managers about their experiences of mental health, and used these conversations to create two offers for the industry;
- A series of interactive posters for sites that allow anyone to access this audio, and find out where to seek help if they need it.
- A training session that looks at why mental health is such a taboo topic in the industry and how it can change.
We have supplied interactive posters to organisations including Kier and UK Remediation Ltd.
“The posters have been well received on site highlighting a key message to our staff and contractors, the sound bites allow real interaction with people they can relate to, the message received from the interviewees gave insight to their personal difficulties, but gave a understandable perspective. The initiative is was positive step is raising mental health awareness on our sites.” Matt Fealey, Design Manager at Kier