Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction



Why does mental health in construction matter?

The commercial and human arguments will be brought alive in these sessions which will be immersive and interactive.


Making a difference in mental health in construction

Industry initiatives to improve worker health from training to working on the root causes of the issues.

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.

Case Studies  wellbeing in construction

Description of initiatives which are working. Panel to include Silvana Martin head of wellbeing at Laing O Rourke.

The role of Building design in wellbeing

Speakers to be confirmed

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.

Clive Johnson, Head of Health Safety and security, Land Securities
Simon Walker, head of HSE, 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.