Construction charity to offer free mental health training

THE Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has announced it will deliver £20,000 of free mental health and wellbeing training to the sector for the remainder of this year.

One of the findings of the charity’s recently published 2019 Impact Report was that 62% of emergency financial grants were used to pay for daily living costs, bills and clearing rent arrears and debt. With financial wellbeing one of the key factors affecting mental health, the introduction of ‘bang on budget’ financial management sessions aims to address these issues.

Covid-19 has resulted in an increasing number of redundancies across the industry. In response, the Lighthouse charity has augmented its wellbeing programme to include two sessions aimed at improving employability.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “A crucial element of our strategy is to pro-actively support the industry’s mental wellbeing and ensure the widespread availability of construction-focused training programmes. These range from hour-long interactive wellbeing sessions through to the full two-day MHFA England approved Mental Health First Aider course.

“This will ensure that companies have easy access to a robust wellbeing strategy to support every level of their organisation from the boots on the ground workforce through to senior management.We are a CITB-approved training organisation (ATO) which means that our courses are delivered to a defined and industry-agreed training standard and most are CPD-accredited ensuring they contribute to personal career and professional development.”

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