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Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity launches new mental health and wellbeing masterclasses

Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has introduced three new masterclasses as part of its Mental Health Awareness Week initiative.

The three courses complement the full range of free wellbeing masterclasses that the charity offers to anyone working in the construction sector.

The new masterclasses are:

  • ‘Crossing the line: Bullying vs Banter’ — which looks at what is meant by banter and when it goes too far and becomes bullying
  • ‘Taking Control: Drugs & Alcohol’ — which discusses the importance of why and how organisations carry out regular testing on their employees and the physical and mental effects of drugs and alcohol 
  • ‘Promoting Happiness’ — which will focus on introducing happiness habits and providing an understanding of how to develop your attitude and improve your mindset

The charity has also launched its ‘Road to Wellbeing’ package as part of its company supporter programme.

From 1st May, all company supporters will be able to access as many scheduled online mental health courses as they wish, completely free of charge — such as MHFA England-approved mental health first aider courses.   

They will also have access to additional support, including a dedicated resources hub, wellbeing champion training and critical incident response.

Bill Hill, CEO at Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, said: “There’s always a huge focus of activity around Mental Health Awareness Week, which is fantastic, but we need to do more. 

“We understand that for many companies, creating and delivering initiatives to improve workforce wellbeing can be difficult, time-consuming and costly, so we want to make things as simple as possible. 

“Our ‘Road to Wellbeing’ package underpins our commitment to ensure that everyone has easy access to a variety of pro-active resources to support every level of an organisation, from site operatives through to senior management.”

Throughout Mental Health Awareness Week, the charity will be posting industry-relevant statistics on mental health across its social media channels and its website to signpost to its core charitable services, which include:

  • a 24/7 construction industry helpline, offering free and confidential emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support (with translation services for those that need extra support)
  • a construction industry helpline self-support app, which complements the helpline and signposts to over 3000 accredited organisations providing specialist support
  • a free text HARDHAT service that gives immediate access to text-back counselling
  • Lighthouse Beacons, which comprises 160 volunteer centres across the country that offer a safe place to meet in a confidential environment
  • CPD-accredited wellbeing masterclasses covering topics, such as managing stress, building resilience and financial management

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