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Information on this page last updated: ​Monday 6 April at ​​​​10:29

​Personal Health Advice: ​Mental health

LOOKING AFTER YOUR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING DURING CORONAVIRUS

In a time of uncertainty and a lot of unknown about the immediate future, it is natural that it will affect our physical and mental health and wellbeing.  The ever changing coronavirus situation has created a number of challenges for even the most resilient of us, whether that be dealing with the practicalities of juggling work and childcare or the emotional distress of dealing with loneliness whilst isolating. 

You might find visiting NHS/Every-Mind-Matters a useful tool in helping you through the coronavirus isolation period. It provides helpful information covering a range of topics that cover your physical and mental wellbeing.  Although some may seem obvious, in such exceptional circumstances, even the simplest of things such as eating well and getting a good night sleep may not be at the forefront of our minds.

Mental Health support can also be found on the Lighthouse Club—The Construction Industry Charity and the Building Mental Health websites. Both websites are specifically for construction workers and detail the Construction Industry Helpline number and a newly created App to support construction workers' mental health.


CITB Wellbeing Advice

CITB is funding the training of mental health first aid instructors for many in the industry. Instructors have come from employers, federations and clients. The training is provided by Mental Health First Aid England and the project has been managed on behalf of industry by the Lighthouse Club.

This is a charity dedicated to the health and wellbeing of construction workers and their families. The charity’s Construction Industry Helpline is needed now more than ever, with a recent increase in calls of at least 25%. Due to the current crisis, the charity is unable to go ahead with many national and regional events that provide other income. You can make a donation to the Construction Workers Family Crisis Appeal and there is also more information on the current crisis appeal available.


Mental Health Webinars

Mates in Mind is working in partnership with the Civil Engineering Contractors Association to deliver free mental wellbeing workshops. These workshops are aimed at employees; and managers (including supervisors).The live online workshops will take place on 15,16 and 21 April and will be delivered by trained mental health practitioners. Delegates will be able to see and interact with the tutor and with each other. To book a webinar visit their online booking system.


construction industry helpline app

Download the Construction Worker’s Mental Health app for your smartphone:

Download on Android Download on iPhone


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Please contact our dedicated helpline 0330 123 4714* or email coronavirus@nfrc.co.uk if you have any question not covered by these FAQs (for personal health issues please refer to the NHS). We are regularly monitoring updates from the NHS, Government and our industry partners to ensure we keep our information current and relevant.

The hotline is available to NFRC members only. An 0330 number is the cost of a local call, wherever you are calling from within the UK. In most cases it is also within your 'inclusive minutes' for your mobile phone contract; so most callers will not be charged for calling the helpline from a mobile phone.