World Suicide Prevention Day

This year 3B Training is raising awareness of World Suicide Prevention Day.

World Suicide Prevention Day Ribbon with a hand reaching out to another down a holeYou may ask why is World Suicide Prevention Day so important? The Samaritans 2018 suicide statistics report showed that there were 6,213 suicides in the UK and Ireland in 2017. That number is staggering and needs to come down. As champions of mental health, 3B are looking to raise awareness to help reduce the rate of suicide.

Suicide in the construction industry

Construction is renowned for being a risk industry, but it isn’t just physical injuries that are taking people’s lives. Male workers in the construction industry have the highest suicide risk of any male demographic. More than 1,400 construction workers took their own lives between 2011 and 2015. Statistics from the ONS showed that male low-skilled workers were at the highest risk; their suicide rate is 3.7 above England’s average. Studies suggest that the links between low pay and poor job security may be contributing to the suicides in the industry. Others suggest the “macho” culture of the industry works as a deterrent for people to talk about their mental health in such an environment.

The construction industry is 3B’s biggest customer audience, therefore, we feel it’s our duty to help.

What we are doing to help…

Mental Health First Aid Training

In January, 3B Training’s line managers all attended MHFA England’s Mental Health First Aid training. Having a widespread group of mental health first aiders provides support to all the teams in the business. There are now people in place who can recognise the signs of poor mental health, support those who come forward with a problem and point them in the right direction to get the relevant help.

3B Training have so far delivered Mental Health First Aid to 50 plus external people and have future course dates scheduled into 2019 and 2020. This allows other workplaces to have vital mental health first aiders at hand. Rob Boardman, 3B’s Quality Coordinator has also become qualified as a Mental Health First Aid Trainer.  Now, 3B can keep improving how we raise awareness of mental health and ensure we are reaching as much of the industry as possible.

Mental Health Awareness in the Workplace

To help raise awareness of poor mental health and how it affects the workplace, 3B Training Director, Mathew Bewley shared his experiences with mental health on a 5-part video series created by 3B. The video series covered questions such as…

  • Why is good mental health important in the workplace?
  • Has poor mental health ever affected you?
  • What are the signs to look out for in employees who might be struggling with their mental health?
  • What can you do to help someone in the office who might be struggling with their mental health?
  • Why is mental health training important?

Useful Suicide Prevention Helplines & Resources

Construction Industry Helpline
Call 03495 605 1956 or visit www.constructionindustryhelpline.com

CALM
Call 0800 58 58 58 or visit www.thecalmzone.net for web chat

Samaritans

Contact a Samaritan: call 116 123 or email [email protected]

Mind

Call 0300 123 3393 or text 86463

Papyrus / Hopeline UK

Call 0800 068 41 41, text 0778 620 9697 or email [email protected]

Lifeline (Northern Ireland)

Call 0808 808 8000 or textphone users can call 18001 0808 8080 8000

Childline

Call 0800 1111

The Silver Line

A helpline for older people: call 0800 4 70 80 90

Kooth

Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people visit www.kooth.com

Young Minds

Parents Helpline: call 0808 802 5544

Are you a young person in crisis? Text YM to 85258

Maytree

Maytree’s house is open for people when they’re feeling suicidal.

Call 020 7263 7070 or email [email protected]

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