The global pandemic is having a negative impact on many people’s mental health in society; those in the construction industry who have faced a long lay-off are no exception. To help construction workers to cope with these issues, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has launched a free and confidential 24/7 helpline and wellbeing app.
The ‘Construction Industry Helpline’ can be called anytime on 1800 939 122, and the Construction Industry Helpline app can be downloaded on Android or Apple devices.
Lighthouse CEO, Bill Hill said of the helpline launch, “A large proportion of construction workers are either self-employed or work for small businesses. They do not have access to an employee assistance programme (EAP) for support.
One of the charity’s key objectives is to reduce suicides of those working in the construction sector. The 24/7 Construction Industry helpline delivers an EAP to all workers and is complemented by a supporting helpline app. This app is available on both Android and Apple devices and is packed full of information, advice and guidance on mental, physical and financial wellbeing matters.
By making all the services free and confidential, the charity aims to remove two of the key barriers to people seeking help. The final barrier to overcome is the stigma of using such services often inherent in stoic, masculine belief.”
Dermot Carey, Director, Safety and Training, CIF, said, ”We’re delighted to partner with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity on providing this EAP featuring some of Ireland’s leading supports groups to those working in construction. It’s a stressful time for those who have returned to work, and companies and employees need to work together to ensure we’re working safely. For the CIF, mental health is inseparable from safety because on sites we all depend on each other to keep safe, especially at this time of Covid-19. In the construction industry, we want to mind our workers as they are our greatest resource. This EAP is an excellent resource for the Lighthouse Club to support workers over the coming years.
More details, including a webinar of the launch, and printable resources such as posters, can be found at https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/ireland.html