Monday 10 May 2021: Today marks the launch of Mental Health Awareness Week, the UK’s national week to raise awareness of mental health.
The week, which is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, is in its 21st year and runs from 10-16 May.
This year, the theme for the week is ‘Nature’. Across the country, people will be celebrating the mental health benefits of being around nature in their local community in a range of digital and creative ways. At CTS we are raising money for our chosen charity The Lighthouse Club, with our Battle of the Regions. With two construction workers completing suicide every working day, CTS feel passionately about supporting this charity and their mission that “No construction worker or their family should be alone in a crisis.”
Each region will go head-to-head to see who can raise the most money with initiatives including quizzes, a bake-off competition, regional races, and raffles. As part of the raffle CTS are giving away over 45 additional holiday days across the regions.
Our Senior Leadership team are also taking part by obtaining sponsorship for a mixture of activities including running, walking, and cycling over the course of the week.
Donation and sponsorship links are:
In addition to fundraising, we are also becoming a Lighthouse Club company supporter and signing the Building Mental Health Charter, pledging to provide awareness, and understanding of the impact of poor mental health across our workforce and industry, with the aim of reducing stigma and discrimination and encouraging conversation in the workplace.
Phil Coles CEO of Construction Testing Solutions said: “We are proud to be supporting the Lighthouse Club. The work they provide across emotional, physical, and financial wellbeing supporting construction workers and their families is vital to our industry. There is still so much stigma attached to mental health and so many people who don’t feel they can talk openly about what they are living through and are unsure on how to ask for help. By raising awareness of the support available from the Lighthouse Club, CTS are hoping to play their part in getting people the help they need.”
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, ” We would like to say a huge thank you to Construction Testing Solutions for becoming one of our valued Company Supporters and also holding a Lighthouse Day for us. In addition to this they are also helping to spread the word about all the free resources we provide and ensuring their employees and clients know where to turn to for mental and financial wellbeing support. Thank you to the whole team for helping us to ensure that no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis.”
Some of the ways people can participate in Mental Health Awareness Week:
- During Mental Health Awareness Week, why not try to make a habit each day of connecting to the nature in your local area? Stop to listen to the birdsong, smell the freshly cut grass, take care of a house plant, notice any trees, flowers, or animals nearby. Take a moment to appreciate these connections.
- Share images/videos/or just sound recordings of the nature on your doorstep (and how this made you feel) on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
- Use Mental Health Foundation resources in your family, school, workplace, and community to join with thousands of people who will be finding new ways to connect with nature in their local environment.
For more information about this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week visit mentalhealth.org.uk/mhaw or join the conversation on social media using #ConnectWithNature and #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek