Mental health event tackles ‘unseen epidemic’
Shocked by statistics on mental health in construction and other industries, the Yorkshire hubs of the CIOB presented a morning conference in September on preventing, spotting and dealing with mental health issues.
With leading specialists and personal stories, the Mental Health: Are You Aware? event aimed to provide professionals and managers with the tools they need to tackle this unseen epidemic.
Caroline Gumble, the CIOB’s new chief executive, gave one of her first speeches to members on some of the ways in which the CIOB plans to help improve support for mental health in the industry – a key focus for Professor Charles Egbu’s year as CIOB president.
The programme featured an example of personal experience of mental health difficulties, highlighting the importance of discussing this topic openly, plus ways to improve good mental health for all and the key early warning signs to watch for in colleagues.
A panel session allowed audience members to ask their own questions about dealing with mental health issues to a panel covering different perspectives, including a solicitor, a Mental Health First Aider and a representative from construction mental health charity Mates in Mind.
The event was sponsored by Galliford Try with speaker sponsorship from Cardinal and Hays Recruitment. It will soon be available to watch back as a webinar via the CPD portal.