Mental Health in the Construction Industry

“Putting Words into Action” – Conference to mark World Mental Health Day – 10 October 2019

The Robens report, published in 1972, led to a complete rethink about how health and safety was approached across industry and the subsequent Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974 was instrumental in the subsequent improvements seen nationwide in safety performance.  However, despite these advances, the ‘health’ element of health and safety continued to be seen as the poor relation, with mental health even further down the list of priorities.

Fast Forward to 2017 and the Government-sponsored independent review into workplace mental health – “Thriving at work”, was published.  This report was able to quantify for the first time how investing in support for mental health at work is good for both business and productivity.

The Houses of Parliament Restoration and Renewal (R&R) Programme’s “Putting Words Into Action” Conference was an opportunity to bring the major projects industry together to hear from different experts on the resources available, and to share experiences in supporting mental health in the construction industry and beyond.