Tarmac is continuing its focus on mental health wellbeing, by supporting World Suicide Prevention Day. The business is joining leading organisations around the globe in observing a week-long campaign of activities with its employees, aimed at promoting open discussions on mental health.
Tarmac is also a founding partner of Mates In Mind - a charity working in the UK construction sector to raise awareness, address poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in the industry. The business launched a mental wellbeing campaign earlier this year in conjunction with Mates in Mind, to help create a supportive and positive environment towards mental health and break down old-fashioned stigmas sometimes found within construction on this topic. It’s a sad fact that in the construction sector, there are thought to be approximately 10 times as many deaths from suicide as there are from fatal accidents.
One area of focus for Tarmac on World Suicide Prevention Day is to encourage its employees to become mental health first-aiders.
Phil Bason, health manager for Tarmac said: “Creating a network of Mental Health First Aiders is an essential line of support we’re starting to build across the business. We’ve had an amazing response to our call for volunteers, and hope to create a network of trained individuals who can offer additional support to colleagues when they might need it most. This network adds to the range of health and wellbeing services we have in place for people, including our Employee Support Programme. “
Tarmac’s Mental Health First Aid volunteers will be trained to spot the symptoms of mental health issues, offer initial help, and guide a person towards support. They will be taught how to listen, reassure and respond.
Suicide Prevention Day, part of a week-long campaign, is led by The World Health Organization who have a specific focus on the mental health and wellbeing of the public.