Let’s Talk – new partnership with Mates In Mind

As part of its ongoing and longstanding commitment to support colleagues with their mental wellbeing, ALCO Properties has partnered with charity Mates in Mind to provide all employees with support and guidance on mental health.

Mates in Mind is a registered UK charity raising awareness, addressing the stigma of poor mental health and promoting positive mental wellbeing across workplaces. They help to make sense of available options and support employers to address mental health within their workplace. Mates in Mind works across industries, focusing on construction, as well as related sectors including transport, logistics, manufacturing, and others.

“There is evidence that some industries, like construction, are at a higher risk when it comes to poor mental health”.

From this month, all ALCO Properties employees have access to a wide range of support, from a suite of communication materials to a range of awareness and training programmes. The aim of the partnership is to take important steps towards breaking the silence and stigma that can surround mental health in the Construction sector.

Lift stigma around Mental Health

Tom Allen, Project Managing Director explains, “There is still a stigma around Mental Health and often people don’t want to ask for help. This is especially true in the manufacturing and construction sector. The mental wellbeing of our colleagues is a fundamental part of ensuring everyone at ALCO Properties can be at their best, both at home and at work. Our partnership with Mates in Mind is another positive step in creating an environment where all our colleagues feel comfortable to talk openly about mental wellbeing.”

According to the Mental Health at Work 2018 Summary Report, 3 out of 5 employees experience mental health issues because of work. Furthermore, 68% of managers still believe there are barriers to providing support for the mental wellbeing of those they manage.

Construction thrives on change and teamwork. So together we can build positive mental health and be the change needed to improve workplace mental health.

Be a mate. Be the change.


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