Tarmac is one of the founding partners of a new mental health programme for people working in the construction sector, Mates in Mind.
In the construction sector, there are thought to be approximately 10 times as many deaths from suicide as there are from fatal accidents. Mates in Mind is the UK construction industry’s recognised framework to raise awareness and address the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental well-being.
It is led by and for the construction industry in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council, and supported by the charities Mind, Mental Health First Aid England and the Samaritans.
Simon Grey, director of health and safety, said: “As part of our commitment to our Health and Wellbeing programme, mental wellbeing is as important to Tarmac as safety and physical health. I’m pleased to be involved with Mates in Mind from its launch as it means we can make full use of the resources already set up, follow a proven process, and to be engaged with an organisation leading the fight to improve positive mental health in the construction industry.”