Thorpes Joinery Sponsor 'Mates In Mind' Charity

 We are delighted to announce that Thorpes Joinery are the latest sponsor of the ‘Mates in Mind’ Charity.

This sector wide initiative was established in 2016 by the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) and the British Safety Council to “provide clear information to employers on available support and guidance on mental health, mental illness and mental wellbeing, and how they can address this within their organisations”.

No Health Without Mental Health

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The aims of the charity are clear:

  •   Raise awareness and understanding of mental health and ill-health.

  • Help people to understand how, when and where to get support.

  • Break the silence and stigma through promoting cultures of positive wellbeing throughout the industry.  

They are ambitious in their goals, clearly recognising that time is an important factor in combatting the mental health issue within the industry. In fact, Mates In Mind aims to have reached 75% of the construction industry by 2025.

They are certainly well on the way to achieving this. We are extremely proud to be sponsoring the scheme alongside many other forward-thinking construction firms such as Mace, Wilmott Dixon & Belfour Beatty amongst others.

An Industry Wide Challenge

Suicide is the leading cause of death in men aged between 15 and 49. 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Too many men are struggling alone.
— Mates in Mind - Why we're taking action
  • 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem in any given year

  • 9 in 10 who suffer from mental health problems say they face a stigma and discrimination as a result

  • 526,000 cases of work-related stress, depression or anxiety were diagnosed in 2016/17

  • 12.5 million working days were lost as a result of poor mental health (average of 23.8 days per case)

  • A construction industry worker is a staggering 63% more likely to die from suicide. (Office of national statistics, 2011-2015)

  • 25% of Construction workers have contemplated suicide (Construction News survey 2017)

  • 1,400 Construction workers ended their lives between 2011-2015 (Office of national statistics, 2011-2015)

I attended the Wellbeing in Construction Summit early in November 2018. During one of the presentations the attendees in the room were asked to raise their hands if “they have had a colleague that had either taken their own life or had attempted to”. I reflected back on my own experience and cautiously raised my hand. I did so slowly and cautiously because I thought I would be one of a very small majority. The room became absolutely silent. When I turned to look at the rest of the attendees almost every seat had a person with their hand in the air.

When you read figures and statistics you automatically question them, where did the statistic come from? What was the sample was used? You look for anything to suggest that it doesn’t reflect what you or your company do, that it won’t happen to you or within your company. The reality is that almost every single person in that room had been through an experience that made them raise their hand.
— Kristal Scotton, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Thorpes Joinery Ltd.

At Thorpes we understand that the workplace has a significant impact on people’s daily lives, health and general wellbeing and we are committed to delivering a safe and healthy workplace. This includes surveillance and support for both physical and mental health issues.

Over the last few weeks we have made mental health a focus point with the aim of identifying where we can improve, provide support and remove stigma. Although currently our focus point, we also understand that creating an environment that is open and supportive not can be achieved by a one-off campaign or one that is completed on annual basis. It must be considered continually throughout every business process in the same way that we approach workplace safety for our employees.

To this end we have increased our opportunities for feedback, training and reviewing all company processes and we are working hard with and supporting others in our industry to create openings for improvement and remove any mental health stigma within our industry.


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