It’s no secret that declining mental health has reached epidemic proportions. The very nature of construction lays the groundwork for mental illness. Workers are often taken away for weeks at a time from the familiarity of their home environment and support of their social circle. Their jobs are typically high stress with safety and avoiding catastrophic events a constant concern. Physical labour and long hours lead to increased strain on the body and the mind.
It’s time to pursue a shift in how we view mental health in our industry. If we ever want to achieve “Mission Zero” we need to re-focus our attention on the physical AND mental wellbeing of our workforce.
That’s the premise behind WORK WELL, a concept that recognizes the importance of mental wellbeing as a key component to worker safety. We hope to begin the process of integrating a WORK WELL culture into the fabric of the construction industry.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOU PROMOTE MENTAL WELLBEING?
Introducing the Workplace Wellness Program, developed by our partners in BC, the ICBA. This program is a year-long, resource-filled experience aimed at supporting both employers and employees on their journey to enduring mental wellbeing.
12 Monthly Themes
Mental Health Stigma
Depression and Anxiety
Materials Delivered Monthly
- engaging, self-paced online course, delivering informative multi-media content, practical tips and links to other resources
- Overview of theme and resources
- Multiple short educational pieces
- Multiple toolbox talks
- Site posters
- Virtual professional development courses (optional add-on)