This week we have appointed a full-time HR & wellbeing manager to monitor our team’s overall physical and mental health which coincides with Mental Health Awareness Week: 14 to 20th May.
Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. By tackling stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
Michael Lambe, Director, M. Lambe Construction, said: “Across all industries, mental health carries a bit of a stigma and is something not many people feel comfortable talking about. With construction being such a male dominated industry, it is even less likely that our colleagues will open up to their co-workers about their mental health issues and seek help to address them.”
“As well as promoting our health and fitness initiatives, we see the HR & wellbeing manager as a person our staff can go to in confidence to discuss any concerns they may have with their mental health. Talking about an issue can be the first step towards recovery.”
In addition, we will be offering the use of a Wellbeing Lifestyle Checkpoint. Our wellbeing manager will take the kiosk out to each of our sites and offer our staff a regular physical health assessment which they can track using an online portal.
We will be able to measure key metrics, including weight, body mass index, body fat, blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, bone mass, muscle weight and basal metabolism, and provide guidance on how they can make lifestyle improvements should the results suggest they are required.
Do you need urgent help?
If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse, or you’re worried about someone you know – help is available. You’re not alone; talk to someone you trust.