mental health

Crucial steps towards improving your mental health

This July marks the Samaritans Talk To Us awareness month – annually, Samaritans branches across the UK host local initiatives to raise awareness and discuss their services with their local communities. John Thompson, CEO of the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) and Volunteer Listener with the Samaritans, discusses mental wellbeing in the plumbing […]

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Economic upturn is masking mental health crisis among construction SMEs

The economic recovery is concealing a growing mental health epidemic among construction SMEs, according to a new online survey carried out by pollsters YouGov*. Despite an upbeat forecast for growth across the UK economy this year and a rapid recovery for construction and its related sectors, firms are continuing to report serious conditions amongst workers, […]

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Tradespeople are three times more likely to smoke than office workers

Tradespeople are three times more likely to smoke than office workers, according to Public Health England (PHE). Experts are calling on plumbing and heating engineers to look at stopping smoking on World No Tobacco Day 2021 on 31 May. The data comes after a report from a former government health advisor found reversing trends in […]

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Half of UK plumbers experience mental health problems due to work

Half (50%) of UK plumbers experience mental health problems due to work-related issues, a new study has found.  The research, commissioned by IronmongeryDirect, found that 63% experience some form of mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, at least once a week. Money worries cause the most stress, with 42% of builders blaming financial situations […]

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Mental health and sustainable technologies are top priorities for trade apprentices

Workplace mental health and sustainable technologies were top of the list when apprentices were asked what issues mattered most for them. John Mewett, CEO at Screwfix, explains more: As part of 2020’s Screwfix Trade Apprentice competition, we heard from eager and ambitious construction trade apprentices. We asked them to share their thoughts around the issues […]

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