What does Mates in Mind do?
Mates in Mind is a leading UK charity that enables UK organisations, of any size, to improve their workforces’ mental health. We do this by providing the skills, clarity and confidence to employers on how to raise awareness, improve understanding and address the stigma that surrounds mental health.
Working alongside our partners, sector leaders and growing community of Supporters, our work is delivering effective change across UK workplaces. We bring insight and expertise that is improving the understanding of mental health across hundreds of workplaces. Importantly, our approach enables individuals to understand how, when and where they can get support.
Mates in Mind support organisations across the UK, focussing on the construction industry as well as working across other sectors, including transport, logistics, manufacturing and processing logistics.
Are we a training provider?
Mates in Mind is not a training provider. However, we work alongside a number of partner organisations, such as Mental Health First Aid England and the British Safety Council, who support us in delivering our training courses.
Why is mental health an important issue?
Mates in Mind believe mental health, and its improvement across UK workplaces, is an important issue to address and tackle because everyone has mental health.
In the UK 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year (MIND) and within the workplace 3 in 5 employees experience mental health issues because of work (Mental Health at Work 2018 Summary Report). Mental ill-health can affect anyone at any time, and we work to tackle the silence and stigma that so often surrounds the topic so that individuals have the clarity and confidence to now how and where to get support.
We understand that without an understanding and awareness of mental health, it can be difficult to start the conversation. Therefore, Mates in Mind are helping to make sense of available options and support for employers to address mental health within the workplace.
Why should a business be looking to improve mental health awareness and understanding?
Recent reports have shown, forty-four per cent of work-related ill health cases were attributed to stress, depression or anxiety. This amounted to 15.4 million working days lost in 2017/18, with mental ill-health costing UK employers an estimated £35 billion in 2017.
Business should be looking to improve mental health awareness and understanding because this can help, organisations to tackle the stigma and silence that surrounds the topic. In this way, workplace attitudes and cultures can be changed, and business can develop open and healthy workplace environments in which their workforce can thrive.
Is construction the only industry we support?
Mates in Mind support organisations across the UK, focusing on construction, as well as working across other sectors including transport, logistics manufacturing and others.
Mates in Mind was initially established to support the UK construction and related industries. However, due to increasing numbers of enquiries from other industries we now offer our support and guidance to organisations from a range of sectors.
However, whilst we are delighted to be supporting additional sectors, we remain committed to supporting construction and achieving our initial target of reaching 75% of the industry by 2025.
How can businesses get involved?
Organisations can get involved with Mates in Mind by joining our community of Supporters.
Find out more about becoming a Mates in Mind Supporter by visiting our contact us page and completing the form. A member of the team will email you promptly about how we can support you and your organisation.
How can individuals get involved?
Individuals can support Mates in Mind by fundraising for us. If you are thinking of fundraising for our charity or donating to us, please visit our fundraising page for more information.
You can also sign up to our newsletter for the latest updated on all Mates in Mind activities including: new resource releases, upcoming events and training opportunities, fundraiser updates and our latest news and articles.
Opt to receive our newsletter by filling out our contact us form.
What’s the best way of getting in touch with Mates in Mind?
You can contact the Mates in Mind team via phone on 020 3510 5018 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any enquiries.
Our office hours are between 9am – 5pm from Monday to Friday.
How does Mates in Mind work with the British Safety Council and other partners?
When Mates in Mind was established in 2017, we were founded by the Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) in partnership with the British Safety Council.
Now working as a registered UK charity, with an independent board of trustees and governance, Mates in Mind sit as part of the British Safety Council Group. Working alongside the British Safety Council, our partners, sector leaders and growing community of Supporters, we are delivering effective change across construction, related industries and more widely.
How can I fundraise for Mates in Mind?
There are a number of ways to fundraise for Mates in Mind.
If you are thinking of fundraising, please visit our fundraising page for more information.
You can also read stories from our inspiring fundraisers who have chosen to support us and discover why and how they raised awareness and money for our cause on our fundraiser stories page.
How to donate?
If you'd like to donate money, get in touch with us at email@example.com and we can send you our bank details, otherwise you can send a cheque to us made out to Mates in Mind.
Please let us know if you are planning to raise funds for Mates in Mind, we send all fundraisers a thank you letter for their support.
Do Mates in Mind have posters and other promotional materials I can use?
Yes, we have a wide range of promotional materials which can be used to support your mental health strategy, awareness raising and activities.
You can access some of our public resources here or contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about particular materials.
The full range of Mates in Mind resources and tools are available exclusively to our Supporters. If you are a Supporter, you can access all of our materials in your Supporter area.
If you are not yet a Mates in Mind Supporter and want to find out more about becoming one, please fill out a contact us form and a member of our team will be in contact.