Charity backs calls for research into Covid-19 mental health impact


MATES in Mind is urging construction employers to act now to support the long-term mental wellbeing of staff during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The move follows the release of data exploring the impact the situation is having on the mental health of the public and calls from experts and charities to research the long-term impact of the crisis.

James Rudoni, MD at Mates in Mind said, “Mates in Mind supports recent calls for research to be undertaken around the particular and undoubtedly resonating impacts of this pandemic. However, we emphasise the sentiment expressed by Mind CEO Paul Farmer in recent days, who noted that people are already struggling to access the support they need in these uncertain times.

“In this crucial period, when our mental health as a nation is under strain and the mental wellbeing of our colleagues and employees may have slipped beneath other business priorities, we urge industry leaders to recognise that never has there been a more essential period for us all to invest in the mental health of our people. Supporting our workforces now, letting them know that there is someone there to support them, and how, when and where they can get help is vital if we want our people to be mentally fit for work during and post this pandemic.”

Mates in Mind revealed it has evolved its current programme, tools and resources to specifically provide the ‘clarity and confidence’ around managing mental health during Covid-19. As part of this work, the charity partnered with Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) to deliver a series of webinars that are accessible to all, including those who are currently furloughed.

CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner added, “The Covid-19 pandemic has changed all our lives and it is more important than ever that people get the mental health support they need. This is crucial not only for those who are continuing to work on schemes supporting our NHS, enabling key workers to travel, or delivering power, water, and the internet to our homes, but also for those who have been furloughed under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

“Whether people are working from home, self-isolating, or continuing to work to allow the economy and the NHS to function, they must be supported in their mental health needs throughout this crisis.”