A Bolton-based construction firm has pledged to do its bit to end the stigma and discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems in the workplace.
Seddon has signed the Time to Change Pledge, which is a nationwide campaign orchestrated by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. By signing the pledge, the company says it is reaffirming its company-wide commitment to supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of all its staff, as well as addressing wider mental health issues in the construction industry.
The business joins a growing movement of more than 900 employers in England across all sectors from FTSE 100 companies and leading retailers to government departments and local authorities. Seddon has 11 mental health ambassadors who have delivered more than 60 talks to over 550 people, from employees to supply chain partners.
The company’s in-house instructor has also trained 16 new mental health first aiders, who are taught to recognise the signs that colleagues may be struggling with their mental health and need help.
According to 2018 research from Mind, one in four people will experience a mental health problem in their lifetime. For those in construction, figures are higher – in a 2017 survey of construction workers by Randstad, 34% said they had experienced a mental health condition in the last 12 months.
Seddon has been an advocate for encouraging conversation around mental health since one of its team members, Jordan Bibby, took his own life in 2017.
This May marked one year since the company, in partnership with registered charity Mates in Mind, launched its mental health initiative, Jordan’s Conversation, in response to this tragic event.
Jordan’s Conversation encourages open, honest conversations on mental health and includes a ‘toolbox talk’ for staff; a session that is designed to raise awareness of mental health across the company.
“We are incredibly proud to sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge as a way to strengthen our commitment to changing the way we all think about and address mental health,” said Nicola Hodkinson, Seddon’s director of business service.
“People are the heart of our company – investing as much time, care and development into them as we can means that we give everyone at Seddon the best chance to succeed in work and life. This is a vital part of our company culture and we will continue to keep our promise to safeguard the wellbeing of all our staff and partners, now and in the future.”