Mulbury has thrown its weight behind a construction charity to help encourage a better mental health culture within the industry.
Mulbury has pledged an annual donation of £2,000 to the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, the only charity that provides financial, physical and mental wellbeing support to construction workers and their families.
The charity is also a founder member of the ‘Building Mental Health’ programme, which has spearheaded a drive to train over 3,000 mental health first aiders to provide ‘boots on the ground’ support for the construction workforce.
In addition to the donation, Lymm-headquartered Mulbury has pledged to provide extra backing via Lighthouse fundraising days, which will see its team host ongoing fundraising initiatives and events to help the charity into the future.
According to the Health and Safety Executive, 21 per cent of all work-related ill health in the construction sector is due to stress, depression and anxiety. This is mirrored by the charity’s service uptake, which has seen a 56 per cent increase in calls to its helpline over the past year.
Greg Mulligan, co-founder and director at Mulbury, said: “Being a predominantly male industry focused on manual labour, physical health is very much on the construction sector’s radar, yet while mental health is a growing concern, it often takes a back seat.
“It’s vital not just as a business – but as a sector as a whole – that we help destigmatise talking about how we’re feeling and make mental health a top priority. The Lighthouse Club’s at the forefront of progressing this culture, and its wellbeing programme provides much needed support for construction workers, so we’re proud to be able to extend a hand for this worthy cause.”
The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity receives no public funding, so relies on the industry to support its own.
It provides 24-hour support to those suffering from stress, anxiety and depression via its Construction Industry Helpline, while its Construction Industry Helpline App is a preventative tool providing vital information, advice and guidance on a plethora of wellbeing issues.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said. “We are truly grateful to Mulbury for committing to an annual pledge and becoming one of our valued company supporters. With our events calendar decimated this year, we are relying on the predictable and sustainable income of these annual pledges to ensure that we can continue to develop our existing support services to the construction community.”
Any construction worker who needs support – or those who may be concerned about a loved one – can access free and confidential 24-hour support via the Construction Industry Helpline on 0845 605 1956, or online at https://www.lighthouseclub.org/