Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992 to increase public awareness about both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Despite this running for 20 years, according to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.

Millions of us around the UK are experiencing high levels of stress and it is damaging our health. Stress is one of the great challenges in the Construction Industry and the statistics are shocking. Every single working day, two construction workers take their own lives. Stress, depression or anxiety accounts for a fifth of all work-related illness in the industry.

All of us in the construction industry could do better at reaching out to each other when we’re feeling stressed. Help us raise awareness of Stress Awareness Month, by simply being more open with your family, friends and colleagues regarding stress:

• Talk about stress openly

• Share your coping mechanisms

• Be nice to those who are stressed and anxious.

• Look after yourself – Take time out of your day to relax or do something that you enjoy. Don’t forget to exercise and eat well, even when you feel too stressed.

If you want to test your stress levels, visit http://www.stress.org.uk/home/stress-guides/ to access the Stress Management Society’s online stress guide.

De-stress and improving our mental health can start with simple and easy steps. If you need advice or information on how to stay mentally healthy, or if necessary, to find professional help before problems become critical, give a try to the free Construction Industry Helpline App:https://www.constructionindustryhelpline.com/app.html

The most crucial thing you can do when you are stressed or anxious is to make sure you are continuing to look after yourself. Look after yourself, help us improve the mental health in the Construction Industry.