World Suicide Prevention Day

Today is World Suicide Prevention Day and it’s a poignant reminder that you can talk about it, today and every day. If you have concerns about someone’s well-being, you don’t need to be an expert, just a good listener.

Since World Suicide Prevention Day started back in 2013, it has grown into a global event, with the aim to raise awareness about preventing suicides. A recent report by Randstad which looks into the mental health statistics for the construction industry has found that the sector suffers from the highest number of suicides of any profession with 2 suicides a day.

Havio supported Mates in Mind earlier this year during the Mental Health Awareness Week and continues to do so. Mates in Mind focuses on providing mental health support to the construction sector and today have said “there is a need to focus on men in their late 40s who remain the highest-risk group by age”.

Important statistics:

  • 3 out of 5 employees experience mental health issues because of work
  • An estimated 1 million people die of suicide every year
  • Male workers within the construction industry are some of the most at risk (1.6 times higher than the national average)
  • More than a quarter of construction employees have considered taking their own life
  • 1 in every 7 workers knows a colleague who has taken their own life
  • 45% of female workers have said their mental health was average to poor
  • Deaths by suicide rose by 11.8% in the UK in 2018
  • Men are 3 times more likely to die by suicide than women
  • The rate of deaths among under 25s increased by 23.7%, reaching 730 deaths in 2018

In 2018, 1 million people across England were trained in basic mental health first aid skills, as part of the £15 million programme to improve resilience and help people recognise and respond effectively to signs of mental health problems in others. The campaign, which was designed and delivered by Public Health England, helped people to assess their own mental well-being and learn techniques to reduce stress and improve their emotional resilience, as well as improving the public’s knowledge, skills and confidence on mental health.  Havio are lucky enough to have staff that have completed this training and hence have the capability to support clients and colleagues alike.

Earlier this year, Tom Tennant, one of our Construction Advisors, cycled from Reigate to Paris with 11 friends to raise money and awareness for PAPYRUS – Prevention of Young Suicide they are still receiving donations today and have collectively raised over £15,000 for the charity.

Havio launched its NEW Mental Health Awareness e-Learning module earlier this year to coincide with the Mental Health Awareness Week also. The 45-minute module outlines strategies that help maintain good mental health and how to help others who are living with poor mental health.

We can all help to change the above statistics by acting immediately if you are worried about someone or spot any signs.

Please contact us if you require any additional information on our e-Learning courses.


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