Family business shines light on 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline
Hudson Contract, a leading supplier to the UK construction sector, is shining a light on the help and support available to freelance tradespeople and their families suffering from mental health or financial problems.
The family-owned business is working with the Lighthouse Club to draw attention to the charity’s helpline and mental health app throughout its industry network. More than 2,200 construction SMEs trust Hudson to deliver audit contract and payroll services, bringing the company into direct contact with tens of thousands of subcontractors every week.
Hudson will publish an advert for the Lighthouse Club’s Construction Industry Helpline on the back of 28,000 paper tax statements being posted this week. The advert will be visible to a further 23,000 people on the company’s online subcontractor portal.
The helpline provides a 24/7 safety net for all construction workers and their families, offering advice on welfare and mental wellbeing, emergency financial aid and support on legal, tax and debt management matters.
The Lighthouse Club launched its mental health app at the end of last year, providing essential information and guidance on issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, anger and suicidal thoughts.
Data collected by the Office for National Statistics in 2017 revealed that suicide rates in the UK were highest amongst those working in the construction and industry, with male site workers in construction being three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male.
Although suicide rates in 2017 were at their lowest in 30 years, it still remains the leading cause of death for men aged 20-49.
Ian Anfield, managing director, said: “Everyone knows someone who has been affected by mental ill health and will understand how important it is that help is available whenever and wherever someone needs it.
“As we enter Mental Health Awareness Week (May 13-19), we are proud to be backing the Lighthouse Club and its invaluable services to let people know that potentially life-saving support is just a phone call away.”
Last year, the helpline supported 1,662 families in crisis and delivered nearly £1.5m in emergency financial aid.
Bill Hill, chief executive, said: “Thank you to Hudson Contract for helping us spread the word about our 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline. With two construction workers taking their own life every single working day, it’s vital that no worker ever feels alone in a crisis.
“We provide both financial and emotional wellbeing support to everyone in the industry and their families and we can’t do that without the support of those companies within the industry and those that support them.”
The 24/7 Construction Helpline can be reached by dialling 0345 605 1956.
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