Taking care of your mental health
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A career as a tradesperson can be challenging and demanding even at the best of times. Now, with the added pressures resulting from the impact of COVID-19, for many the going is particularly tough.
During difficult times it is vitally important that we work together to support each other which is why we’ve teamed up with our friends at Mates in Mind, the charity looking after the mental well being of the construction sector, to offer additional help and support to our professional tradespeople.
You can take part in their first ever online wellbeing workshops for tradespeople run by a trained mental health practitioner.
The hour-long session offers the opportunity to think about how the current environment impacts your wellbeing and explore ways to spot issues in yourself and colleagues.
Delegates can learn how to develop strong coping mechanisms and support someone in crisis as well as learning about relevant professional support services available right now.
Following the session there will be the opportunity to become part of the Mates in Mind community and receive ongoing access to a range of services and resources.
To book a place on the first session, follow this link to the Mates in Mind website.
If you or someone you know needs help or support, you can speak to one of the many free, confidential support services below:
Call: 116 123
Whatever you're going through, call Samaritans free any time, from any phone. Samaritans offers a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you. They won't judge you or tell you what to do, they'll listen to you.
Construction Industry Helpline
Call: 0345 605 1956
Provided by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and supported by the Considerate Constructors Scheme, the helpline advises on a range of matters including occupational health and wellbeing, support and advice for people with stress, and home worries such as divorce, tax and financial concerns. The services can also provide emergency financial aid to the construction community in times of crisis.
Call: 0300 123 3393
The team at the leading mental health charity Mind can provide information on a range of topics including types of mental health problems, where to get help, medication and alternative treatments.
Cruse Bereavement Care
Call: 0808 808 1677
The Cruse Bereavement Care Freephone National Helpline is staffed by trained bereavement volunteers, who offer emotional support to anyone affected by bereavement.
The helpline is open Monday-Friday 9.30am-5pm (excluding bank holidays), with extended hours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when they're open until 8pm.
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM)
Call: 0800 58 58 58
Webchat hours are 5pm – midnight every day
CALM provides a helpline for men in the UK who are down or have hit a wall, who need to talk or find information and support. The helpline is open from 5pm to midnight, 365 days a year.
The National Counselling Society
Call: 01903 200666
Website (find a counsellor): www.nationalcounsellingsociety.org/find-counsellor
The NCS is committed to making sure people can receive information, support and training when they need it. They hold an Accredited Register of counsellors which you can search to find a registered counsellor in the UK, near you. This allows you the choice to find a qualified counsellor you feel comfortable working with.
Call: 0800 138 1111
Step Change provides the UK’s most comprehensive debt advice service. The team helps people with debt problems take back control of their finances and their lives, with free debt advice.