Mental health and depression are subjects that are hard to talk about at the best of times, let alone in the male dominated world of engineering and construction.
We want to raise awareness of this and encourage people to speak out if they feel that they are suffering with depression or any other mental illness. Last year, we carried out a work-related stress survey with our workers and 87% said they thought there was a negative perception surrounding mental health with 71% saying they would be able to recognise the symptoms within themselves and co-workers.
The theme of this year’s World Health Day campaign is focused on depression. Depression affects people of all ages, from all walks of life, in all countries. Living with depression can affect the ability to carry out even the simplest everyday tasks and can sometimes leads to devastating consequences for relationships with family and friends, as well as the ability to earn a living. At worst, depression can lead to suicide, now the second leading cause of death among 15-29-year olds.
At Resourcing Solutions we have a dedicated Employee Assistance Programme which is also available to our workers. It’s run by Unum Lifeworks and provides a helpline 24 hours a day and access to trained specialists who can offer you advice, information and resources. If you would like more information on this resource then please contact us and we will deal with this in strict confidence.
On top of this support, we also work closely with anyone working for our organisation who suffers from depression, helping to assess the situation and manage any risks, as well as working with clients to provide the necessary support.
We work hard to recognise any warning signs of the onset of depression within our workforce and create briefings and training material to support our workers helping them to identify the symptoms of depression.