Mental Health in Construction

05 May 2019

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Nearly one in two New Zealanders are likely to suffer from mental illness at some point in their lives.

As with any health condition, the psychological health of a person can affect their:

  • Output
  • Physical well-being and
  • Day to day routine

In an effort to acknowledge mental health and the wider impacts it can have both personally and commercially, our Manukau Major Projects franchise set out to create their very own ‘Mental Health and Wellness Programme.’

The team wanted to ensure that there is a continued conversation around mental health and well-being and that the topic isn’t stigmatised in any manner.

Their programme includes several initiatives to improve mental health within the construction industry. This improvement happens through the "Five Ways"…

  • BEING ACTIVE
  • GIVING
  • LEARNING
  • CONNECTING
  • TAKING NOTICE


Activities under the ‘Five Ways’ have included:

  • A 'Healthy Points Competition' with a rival office
  • Cooking meals for 100+ people at the Ronald McDonald House Auckland and
  • Meditation as a team using Headspace

It’s implementation has allowed the team to create a shared sense of purpose and stay mentally healthy. 

Financially the team have also recognised the benefits of their Mental Health and Wellness Programme. There has been a reduction in absenteeism and an increase in productivity within the office!

The team is front footing the issue of mental health and well-being and are able to act as the role model for others to follow suit within the construction industry…

We would like to recognise and congratulate them for winning the 2019 Site Safe 'best health and safety initiative by a business of no more than 50 staff' category at the NZ Workplace Health & Safety Awards.

Well done team.