In July 2017, McLaren Construction teamed up with Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust to help address the alarming suicide figures for men who work in the construction industry.
The two organisations set up a day of mental health awareness training for workers at Speke Retail Park. The event was to better equip the construction workers in recognising, understanding and offering practical steps to support colleagues at work with common mental health symptoms.
The initiative formed part of McLaren’s policy to look after the welfare of their staff, as Gary Cramp, Operations Director at McLaren Construction Midlands & North, explains: ‘’As part of McLaren Construction’s ongoing commitment to health, safety and welfare of our project teams, we were thrilled to take part in Mersey Care’s suicide prevention initiative. Tackling mental health in construction is hugely important, as people in the industry still view it as a taboo. Dealing with mental health is not just good for the workforce; it is also essential for productivity, efficiency and exceeding our customers’ expectations.’’
David Fearnley, Mersey Care’s Medical Director, said: “Recent studies (Public Health England) suggest that male construction workers have the greatest risk of suicide and are currently more than three times at risk than the national average. At Mersey Care we are striving for zero suicide within our care so we take prevention very seriously and the natural progression of that is to increase awareness and help give people potentially life-saving skills wherever possible. This link with a major construction company like McLaren is crucial in improving understanding and providing greater awareness for staff and management so mental health issues can be handled better.”
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