Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction

Attending this session will provide…

• An understanding of why mental health and wellbeing are a key risk in construction and why this matters to the industry
• Training and development initiatives supported by the industry – case studies of what works
• Root cause review – why is mental health in construction so poor and what you can do about it in wherever you sit in the industry.
• Networking opportunities with wellbeing leaders in the construction industry.
• CPD certificate

9.15 Introduction and the business case for wellbeing

Heather Beach describes the challenge in the industry as it stands today.

9.30 Navigating Mental Health Conversations: An Interactive Workshop

Understanding the signs and symptoms of poor mental health is important for all of us in today’s ‘always on’ society.

But understanding isn’t enough.

Based on discussion and feedback from people who have experienced mental health challenges whilst still trying to succeed at work, this interactive session with professional actors brings to life core principles for great mental health conversations.

Come along to this dramatic session to learn from other participants, share your experience and gain new insight about supporting your colleagues in the workplace.

Please note: No acting required!!

Tony Hall


Extended Mind


11.00  Lived experience of mental ill health 

How does mental ill health impact on a person living with it. How recovery is possible and the kinds of conditions required for this.

Erland Rendall

Owner and Director

Atorus Consult Ltd

11.45 3 highly practical techniques to help manage mental health and stress levels

In this session you will learn how to be happier! Free yourself from the distress surrounding a prior or future event. How to keep your cool to handle the most challenging of situations. Learn the most effective self protection technique in the world and be able to teach it to your loved ones.

Mark Wingfield

MAX Training and Development

12.30 LUNCH

1.30 Building better Mental Health

Martin Coyd OBE, Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing at Mace will describe what being part of BMH looks like, who is part of the initiative and the value of the programme to the supply chain in the construction industry

Martin Coyd OBE

Head of Health, Safety and Wellbeing


2pm Case Studies: wellbeing in construction

Innovative wellbeing initiatives which are working in construction companies today

Pamela McInroy

Inclusive Health & Safety Manager / Inclusive Design Manager

High Speed Two

Silvana Martin

Head of wellbeing

Laing O Rourke

Claire Douglas

Head of Occupational Health

SCS Railways

Mike Eady

Group Health and Safety Director


3.30 BREAK

3:45 Panel debate – Dealing with the root causes

The shape of the construction industry means that it presents unique challenges to those working in it. Here the panel will discuss initiatives to deal with some of these conditions.

Dr Mike Murray CEng FCIBSE MEI

DC Advance2 Project Coordinator


Clive Johnson

Group Head of Health, Safety and Security

Landsec PLC

Simon Walker

Health and safety director

Mount Anvil


Over the last few years, a realisation has dawned that mental health in construction in the UK is a key industry risk with shocking suicide statistics showing that, with 454 suicides in 2016 –  almost 10 times the number who die from an work related accident – you are 3.7 times more likely to take your own life in construction than average.

If a little stress is good for you and gets you motivated, too much can lead you to anxiety and depression and research shows that working in the construction industry is particularly challenging. With long hours, tight deadlines, pressure on project and money, managers can find it difficult to achieve balance between work and life.  At the same time, workers are often away from home, living from pay check to pay check – and with the recent failure of Carillion further turbulence and uncertainty has been introduced.  Add to this, a male dominated workforce – with men making up 81% of suicides of people of working age and it should perhaps be no surprise that the picture looks bleak.

Various industry initiatives have been forthcoming to raise awareness and improve education on this subject with a range or training options available from a two day Mental Health First Aid course to a 45 minute introduction to the topic. Other initiatives have sought to review the underlying root causes of some of the reasons for poor mental health in construction and worked to tackle them.

Who are the Healthy Work Company?

This day is being moderated and brought together by The Healthy Work Company.  Leading training and consultancy providers in the area mental health and wellbeing, Healthy Work has built training programmes for Battersea Power Station, Mace, Mount Anvil, Laing O Rourke as well as Luton Airport, UPP, West Midland Trains, Eurostar and other leading UK companies.  Founded by Heather Beach the company employs trainers with a background in construction and other businesses and is always looking out for examples of best practice where corporate wellbeing is concerned.