The construction sector is often overlooked when it comes to mental health due to the ‘macho’ culture and its long and complex supply chains making it difficult for workers to reach out for support.

However, it’s important we continue to shine the light on the industry as recent statistics show that mental ill health within construction is a silent epidemic.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) found that male construction workers are 3.7 times more likely to take their own life than the national average, which is more than one worker a day.

The rate of suicide is on the rise and government needs to engage and support the industry to ensure more lives aren’t lost.

In May 2020, we’ll be releasing research highlighting the industry factors contributing to poor employee mental health and what preventative measures employers are taking.

Our findings suggest poor levels of mental health in the industry, with high levels of stress above the national average and large numbers of employers who currently do not have any mental health support embedded in the organisation.

As a chartered institute, we recognise the value of qualified and skilled professionals in delivering high quality services, ensuring trust and demonstrating a commitment to lifelong learning.

Organisations like BACP are vital in raising standards; ensuring those delivering counselling and mental health support have the necessary training and knowledge to provide professional help.

This is why we’re supporting BACP’s call on the next UK Government that all employees should have access to workplace counselling.