On the morning of Thursday 6th February, also known as Time to Talk Day, the Catsurveys team got together to discuss a very important subject; mental health. We held a bake sale to not only raise money for our chosen charity Mates in Mind but also to get our team together to have a chat over a cup of tea and some cake.
Today is World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) 2019 – a day dedicated to raising awareness of how to prevent suicide. Every year, suicide is among the top 20 leading causes of death globally for people of all ages. It is responsible for over 800,000 deaths, which equates to one suicide every 40 seconds.
Shocking statistics show that suicide kills more people in the construction industry than falls from height.
Ensuring that health and safety procedures are followed on a construction site is usually the top priority – but there is only so much protection that PPE and knowledge can provide. Not to mention, that protection is only physical. What about ‘mental protection’? Surely, it is only right that mental health and safety is given the same level of importance and investment as other hazards on site.
Over the last two years’ events, the Inspire Summit has focused on encouraging much needed gender equality and increased inclusion for women across the construction, engineering and housing sectors. While this is still of paramount importance, the problem of under representation in construction does not end there.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, hosted by the Mental Health Foundation. From 13th to 19th May, companies and organisations across the UK will be raising awareness and igniting the conversation surrounding mental health.
We are delighted to announce that Catsurveys have become an official Supporter of Mates in Mind. As a Supporter of Mates in Mind, we are showing our commitment to improving the health and well-being of our workforce.
We are pleased to announce that we have been shortlisted in the ‘Most Inspiring Mental Well-being Initiative’ category at The Inspire Awards 2019!
Mental Health is still considered a taboo subject in the workplace, but at Catsurveys we are eager to break this taboo and create an open and caring culture. Poor mental health is one of the biggest issues in the workplace today. This includes everything from the most commonly experienced symptoms of stress and anxiety, through to more complex mental health conditions, such as depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.