A new app launched by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and construction software firm ‘COINS’ and ‘Building Mental Health’ aims to address the ongoing mental health issues in the construction industry
The new ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app is a free mental health app which will provide vital information, advice and guidance on many wellbeing topics including stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.
The app, which is 100% confidential will be launched today (7 December) at the Charity’s annual Christmas Lunch at the Westminster Park Plaza Hotel in London.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said: “The app complements our existing 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline and is aimed at construction workers and their families.
“We recognise that not everyone feels comfortable talking about their feelings or personal situation, so the ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ app is aimed at people who would like to find out more information about how they can perhaps help themselves or if necessary, take the next step in seeking professional help.
“It is a preventative tool and provides support at the initial stages of a situation so that the problem does not reach a life critical stage.”
Although the construction industry is rising to the challenge of creating a healthier workplace, finding the right support is not always easy. The Lighthouse Club is already helping to drive significant change through a variety of mental health and wellbeing support programmes – but realise that there is still a long way to go before the culture in construction removes the stigma about talking about mental health and wellbeing.
By providing a free app, which can be downloaded by anyone in the construction industry, they hope to combat this.
The Construction Industry Helpline app will provide information, advice and guidance about how people can relieve the long term effects of stress, anxiety or depression as well as providing access to other areas of support such as anger management, drug and alcohol dependency, debt management, legal advice, and emergency financial aid.