COVID-19 Relief Fund
Why do we do what we’re doing?
Mates in Mind was established in 2017, in partnership with the construction industry, to help employers across the sector to help play their part in addressing the risk of suicide and promote better mental wellbeing through work.
We know that construction is made up of a myriad of businesses and is a complex and challenging operating environment. There are some very large, there are many that are family-run, some are well-known names and some less so. We don’t judge – what we value is that each team or project provides a network and community of skilled people and that each is dependent on many others.
We already know that those working in construction roles are more at risk of suicide than the national average. Furthermore, the majority of those suffering in silence, due to the stigma surrounding mental illness. As we are aware, suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 15–49. They are often in employment.
At a time of economic stress, we see that this rate is unfortunately likely to rise. There is already evidence of a rise in the use of negative coping strategies such as in alcohol consumption, gambling, etc., that will lead to poorer societal outcomes if ongoing investment in wellbeing is not sustained.
Help to sustain a great workforce
Mates in Mind recognises that the current situation is difficult, and at this time we have already evolved our programme to further support employers to manage workers’ mental health in the immediate short-term.
Your donation can help us reach many more
The Mates in Mind COVID-19 Relief Fund Appeal will allow Mates in Mind to continue to respond with vital support programmes, including; the delivery of mental health advice, guidance, training and enhanced live on-line support.
We can support the most vulnerable workers by addressing gaps in workplace mental health provision for the self-employed, and small businesses – some of the those who are hit hardest by this unexpected crisis.
Our support includes, but is not limited to:
- A mental health programme aimed at those in the trades, that will support them to engage on mental health now and in the future
- Supporting employees of small businesses to receive ongoing access to our range of services, including free training
- Provision of advice and guidance to support the mental wellbeing of those impacted by COVID-19
- Specialist training for those workplace mental health champions or similar roles
- Emergency signposting to
We know from previous research that many suffer in silence, due to the
stigma surrounding mental illness; and of those that took their lives, over 70%
were not known to mental health services or the NHS (Office of National
Statistics, 2014). We all recognise that we’re living through a significant
crisis, but we also recognise that we need the industry to become through this
into the ‘new normal’ as mentally fit as possible.
Ways to donate
There are a number of ways in which you can support Bringing Great Minds Together and make a donation to support our charity.
- PayPal Giving Fund
- Just Giving
- Virgin Money Giving
Or you can directly transfer a donation by using our BACS details which you can find here.
What your donations will enable us to do:
- £20 enables us to provide support and guidance for an individual worker
- £350 enables us to provide three years of support and guidance for a micro business
- £1,250 enables us to provide interactive mental health awareness sessions delivered over the course of one day that can reach up to 80 people.
It’s important to remember, you’re not alone
Thinking, talking and working together, we believe will enable us to get through this better.
Please talk to us if you’re interested to volunteer or support us in any other ways.