RSM urges construction industry to support mental health study

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has commissioned RSM UK Consulting to conduct research to establish what mental health and wellbeing initiatives currently exist within the UK construction industry.

Tragically, the suicide rate among UK construction workers is around three times the national average1, leading the CITB to examine what steps companies are currently taking to reduce the risk of suicide and promote good mental health.

The results of RSM’s study will be used to develop a mental health and wellbeing dashboard for the sector, enabling firms to benchmark their performance and tackle this critical issue more effectively.

Jenny Irwin, economics and consulting partner at RSM said: ‘This is an important area of research to support the sector and inform the CITB, even more essential now given the additional financial, social and health pressures created by the pandemic. We would like as many employers in the construction sector as possible to get behind this initiative by completing the survey.’

The survey, which takes around 10-15 minutes to complete, will gather vital information on current mental health and wellbeing policies, the support programmes and initiatives being implemented and the outcomes being achieved. It can be found online here. The deadline for completion of the survey is December 10th 2020. 

1 As reported in Highways Today, 23 September 2020