Breaking the Silence: Prioritising Mental Health in the Construction Industry

Mental health is an integral part of overall well-being, yet it remains a subject often shrouded in stigma and silence. As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month, it is crucial to shed light on the significance of mental health, particularly within the construction industry. The statistics are alarming, revealing a pressing need for action. 

Two people per working day in the UK tragically lose their lives to suicide, equating to over 700 individuals annually. 

A third of construction workers experience heightened levels of anxiety daily, and over two-thirds believe a pervasive stigma prevents them from discussing their mental health openly.

It’s time to address this issue, empower individuals, and foster a culture of support within the construction sector.

The Stigma Surrounding Mental Health:

Construction workers often face unique challenges that can impact their mental well-being. The demanding nature of their work, long hours, high-pressure deadlines, and physical exertion can take a toll on their mental health. However, due to the prevailing stigma surrounding mental health, many workers suffer in silence, or are hesitant to seek help or discuss their struggles with colleagues or managers.

The Importance of Open Conversations:

Encouraging open conversations about mental health is a critical first step toward breaking the stigma. By fostering an environment where individuals feel safe and supported, we can create a culture that values mental well-being as much as physical health. Flexi Group UK recognises the importance of dialogue and promotes a workplace where employees are encouraged to discuss their mental health concerns openly.

Supporting Employees:

Flexi Group UK acknowledges the responsibility it holds in ensuring the mental well-being of its workforce. By providing a healthy work-life balance and opportunities for personal and professional development, the company demonstrates its commitment to supporting its employees. Line managers and supervisors play a crucial role in promoting effective people management, creating an atmosphere of trust, and being attentive to their team members’ mental health needs.

Monitoring and Awareness:

Regularly monitoring employee mental health and well-being is key to identifying potential issues early on. By implementing routine check-ins, Flexi Group UK demonstrates a proactive approach to mental health support. Additionally, raising awareness about mental health and providing education and training programs for employees helps reduce the stigma and fosters a greater understanding of mental health challenges.

Tailored Support and Access to Help:

Flexi Group UK understands that mental health support should be tailored to individual needs. Offering in-house mental health resources, such as counselling services and access to external clinical help when necessary, ensures that employees receive the support they require. By providing these resources and actively signposting them, the company reinforces the message that seeking help is not only accepted but encouraged.

Collaborative Efforts for Change:

Flexi Group UK recognises that addressing mental health challenges in the construction industry requires collaborative efforts. Working alongside partners, sector leaders, and a growing community of Supporters, the company strives to deliver effective change throughout the UK. By sharing knowledge, skills, and resources, we can raise awareness, improve understanding, and tackle the stigma of mental ill-health within the industry.

During Mental Health Awareness Week, it is essential to reflect on the state of mental health within the construction industry and take proactive steps toward change. Flexi Group UK stands committed to prioritising mental health by encouraging open conversations, supporting employees, monitoring well-being, promoting awareness, and offering tailored support. Together, we can eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health and create a construction industry that values the well-being of its workforce. Let us work together to ensure that no one suffers in silence and that mental health becomes an integral part of every conversation, workplace, and community.


If you’ve been affected by any of the issues raised in this blog mental health support is available. Please see the links below for areas of support

Mental Health Awareness Week

British Red Cross – Spotlight On Stress

NHS Support 


Group Partners