The Office For National Statistics says that, in 2020, skilled construction and building trades saw the highest rate of suicide in England and Wales; it’s clear the construction industry has a serious mental health problem.
But, talking about mental health can be difficult. Many still consider discussing the topic of mental wellbeing to be taboo, especially in male-dominated sectors like the trade. This is why Band of Builders has decided to take such an important step in opening up discussions around mental health and wellbeing.
Here’s everything you need to know about the new service…
Who is it for?
The Big Brew counselling service is available to anyone within the construction industry who needs support.
You don’t have to have a previously diagnosed mental health condition, and it’s completely okay if you’ve never accessed another counselling service before. That’s what it’s here for!
If you’re a tradesperson who is experiencing anxiety, depression, loneliness, relationship issues, self-harm, suicidal thoughts or ideations, trauma, abuse, anger issues, or any other issues with your wellbeing, this service was created just for you.
What happens at counselling?
Ever had a cuppa and a natter with a mate where you just got everything off your chest? The Big Brew counselling service is pretty much just like that, only with a dedicated counsellor who is specially trained to lend support in return.
The Band of Builders counsellor is a registered member of the BACP and an integrative counsellor with experience treating a variety of issues.
Although the counsellor is based in Lincoln, don’t worry if you’re not local. Counselling sessions can take place in-person, by phone, or online via a video call service such as teams or zoom.
How can I access the service?
If you feel you’re dealing with a mental health issue, want to improve your wellbeing, or just want to talk about how you’re feeling, you can find the self-referral form for the Band of Builders counselling service here.
If you need help with a mental health crisis or emergency, contact your local NHS urgent mental health helpline for immediate expert advice and assessment.
How can I support the service?
Thanks to Band of Builder’s Big Brew fundraising campaign, enough cash has been raised to run the counselling service for the next two years.
Want to keep it going? Visit the BoB website to find out how you can support Band of Builders.