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‘Red dot’ mental health support lands on Constructing Excellence Midlands website

Constructing Excellence Midlands has launched a free online mental health and wellbeing hub to support individuals working in construction.

With more than one in ten construction workers in the Midlands admitting to poor mental health, the organisation has partnered with Red Dot 365 to offer direct confidential access to qualified mental health and wellbeing therapists – at no cost to the individual.

A physical ‘red dot’ has been placed in a prominent position at the top of the existing CE Midlands website and allows users to access fully funded therapists 24/7, 365 days a year.

“By pressing the ‘red dot’ users will be asked to answer just a few questions before being given access to the support they need, at a time that works best for them,” explains John Williams, Director and Owner of Red Dot 365.

“Creating facilities like this means we can capture and understand the real challenges in the sector and therefore, we can proactively help provide the right support at the right time – when people need it most.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for people working in the sector to be given a voice to influence the sector in a positive way and make a real difference.”

Constructing Excellence Midlands champions mental health and this is the latest step the team has taken to help those working in the industry.

“When we previously partnered with Red Dot 365, we found that 10% of construction workers rate their mental and personal wellbeing as poor, so we knew more needed to be done to help,” said Andrew Carpenter, CEO of Constructing Excellence Midlands.

“It’s been a tough two years for the sector and as we begin to adjust to a new normal and face the fallout from the Covid pandemic, stress levels may be higher than ever. It doesn’t matter what role you undertake, this mental health support is available to anyone who works in the construction and built environment sector.

“It’s time to challenge the historical macho approach of just ‘man up and get on with it,’ and instead address the issues we face. Thanks to our collaboration with Red Dot 365, we can now offer access to qualified therapists throughout the year, at no cost for individuals and organisations – which is a great first step to help make a change to the overall wellbeing of people working in this sector.”

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