Men’s Health Week – 10th to 16th June 2019
It’s an unpleasant couple of stark statistics, but they are reality for many men:
- One man in five (19%) dies before the age of 65. The biggest cause is cancer, the second is circulatory diseases.
- Just over three out of four suicides (76%) are by men and suicide is the biggest cause of death for men under 50.
At Redmond Group, we believe our number one priority is to look after our employees. Where we can – without unwanted intrusion onto our employees’ personal lives – we support their physical and mental health and well-being.
In addition to our stringent health and safety rules and processes in our offices and across all of our sites, all of which are audited by management and colleagues daily, we have multiple innovations in place that ensure the health and safety of our staff and business partners.
We also offer regular wellness checks to all our staff, as described in our recent article “We’re committed to the well-being of Redmond Group employees“.
In recognition of the mental health and suicide statistics – and to ensure that all Redmond employees understand the range of the support available to them – we run a wellbeing and mental health awareness programme, which is overseen by our Mental Health First Aid Champion (MHFA). The programme includes an onsite toolbox talk. Mental health issues are spoken about in a non-judgemental way, with the aim of breaking down any stigma attached to this form of illness. Staff are made aware that one in four people in the construction industry have suffered and asked for support. Coping techniques are shared, alongside the mechanisms and organisations that can provide support. Employees are encouraged to take as good care of themselves as they can, both physically and mentally, and to speak to our MHFA Champion, or other trusted personnel within Redmond if they need advice on any area of their lives affecting their mental health.
Other organisations that can help:
This year’s Men’s Health Week is focusing on “Men’s Health by Numbers”; find out more about how you can look after your physical and mental health by clicking on the poster below: