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3rd October 2019

Government must do more to improve the mental health crisis in the construction industry

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The Chartered Institute of Building President Professor Charles Egbu has urged ministers to take a leading role in setting standards for improving mental health among construction workers.

Speaking at a Labour conference fringe meeting, the CIOB President said psychological, emotional and social aspects of the construction industry made tackling the problem of mental health particularly challenging.

Charles Egbu added that figures showed those working in the industry were at particular risk of suffering from mental illness.

With both a tragic personal element and an estimated £7-10bn cost to the sector, Professor Egbu has placed a focus on improving wellbeing among construction workers, which he says individual workers, companies and the government must all take responsibility for.

It is vital that organisations, not just in the construction industry, focus on tackling mental health issues, and that they provide work environments where employees can be open and honest about their health. To learn more about Managing Mental Health in the Workplace, read our Employer Guide, which offers practical advice and best practice tips.