Contractor continues to shine a light on mental health issues in construction

WILLMOTT Dixon is helping to shine a light on mental health issues in the construction sector by releasing a new Z-Card, which provides a “discreet reference” to a number of established mental health resources.

To support the firm’s All Safe Minds initiative, all operatives across Willmott Dixon project sites in the UK receive an introductory presentation on mental health. The business card-sized Z-Cards are now being issued to all attendees.

Last year, Willmott Dixon released an infographic highlighting a number of statistics relating to issues affecting certain male groups working in construction. The business is on a mission to encourage men to open up about their problems.

Mark French, head of health, safety and environment for Willmott Dixon Group said, “Since the launch of our All Safe Minds initiative in 2017, momentum has been building around the issue of mental health in our industry. Our long-term aim is to completely quash the notion that talking about your problems is a weakness, and for it to become a natural mind-set for men to seek help if they become overwhelmed by their own personal situation.

“The Z-Card will be handed out across our business both internally and externally. The logo and ethos is already commonplace across Willmott Dixon sites and throughout 2018 we will continue to roll it out to a wider construction audience until All Safe Minds becomes engrained into our everyday culture.”