As part of Mental Health Awareness Week in May, Source One Environmental (S1E) announced their support for charity Mates in Mind.
Mates in Mind aims to raise awareness, address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in construction and related industries across the UK. It has been developed in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council and works with other leading mental health charities.
S1E MD Glenn Cartledge explained why the company has got involved: “According to research, 34% of construction workers had experienced mental health problems in the last year. It’s a huge problem that has affected people within our own Group too.
“If we can encourage people to talk about these issues or can point people in the direction of the help that they need, then we’ll have done something really positive,” he continued.
The charity offers resources to help employees, managers and organisations. For example, it offers workplace posters which give helpline numbers, presentations such as a Toolbox Talk, a guide for employers and in-depth courses on mental health.
“We’re very proudly displaying our Mates in Mind Supporters certificate and have put the posters up around S1E, as a first step,” stated Glenn. “We’re very much looking forward to getting more involved and improving the way that we handle mental health issues around our business.”
For more information about Mates in Mind, please see their website at www.matesinmind.org.