Working in partnership with industry
Since our inception, our partnerships with key groups and organisations from across various sectors has enabled us to push the reach of our voice further, offering our services and support to organisations across the country.
Our partner organisations have helped us to continue shaping the conversation around mental health. During the past few years Mates in Mind have been lucky enough to be provided a platform at numerous industry events, where we addressed the challenge of mental ill-health with diverse audiences, raising awareness about the issue and expanding upon our joined-up approach to tackling it.
Additionally, we are pleased to be working alongside a range of committed associations from across the construction industry and beyond. The support of these associations has been crucial in reaching out to a broader spectrum of individuals, supporting us to start conversations with those who might need urgent support.
Mates in Mind’s community of fundraising partners have consistently enabled us to continue driving change across UK workplaces. In addition to the brilliant individuals and groups who raise funds and awareness for us, the generous corporate donations of our industry partners have made our mission to break the silence and stigma around mental health possible.
Our founding partners
Health in Construction Leadership Group
“The mission of HCLG as a group is to unite the construction industry in order to eradicate the ill health and disease caused by work-related activities, and this includes addressing mental health. Working together with the British Safety Council and key partners in the construction industry and mental health, we believe we can make a significant difference.”
Clive Johnson, Chair of the Health in Construction Leadership Group
The Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) was formed to drive the health agenda, supporting the aims of Construction 2025 and the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) forums in tackling strategic issues where the whole industry is required to work together.
British Safety Council
“We are delighted to be able to support the Health in Construction Leadership Group in launching this important initiative. In the last few years, we have all become far more aware of the pressing need to address health issues, and particularly mental health, in the workplace. The British Safety Council’s vision is that no-one should be injured or made ill at work, and that includes mental health.”
Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council
The British Safety Council is a charity whose vision is that no-one should be injured or made ill at work. For sixty years, British Safety Council has been campaigning and promoting the value of good health and safety at work.
Every day, Samaritans volunteers respond to around 10,000 calls for help.
We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.
Mental Health First Aid England accredited training is an accredited training provided, who offer expert guidance and training to support mental health, in the workplace and beyond.
Inspire Knowledge & Leadership
Inspire Knowledge & Leadership offers a range of training supports right for you and your staff at critical moments in your lives.
“We are delighted to be a supporter of Mates in Mind, as a project that places people at the heart of what we do, we will ensure that this programme will be a key element within our health, safety and wellbeing strategy and ensure that our people go home, safe and healthy every day and for years to come.”
Jennie Armstrong, Head of Occupational Health and Wellbeing
“Balfour Beatty strongly welcomes the full roll out of Mates in Mind. This integral programme will ensure a consistent approach to tackling the stigma around mental health within our industry.”
Heather Bryant, Health Safety Environment & Sustainability Director
“As a business, people are core to our success, and so we place great importance on their health and wellbeing. We therefore strive to improve our workforce’s mental and physical fitness by investing in our wellbeing programme and are a proud supporter of Mates in Mind.”
Mike Webb, Head of Group Health and Safety
“Mental wellbeing is as important to Tarmac as safety and physical health. I’m pleased to be involved with Mates in Mind from the outset, leading the fight to improve positive mental health in the construction industry.”
Simon Grey, Health, Safety & Environment Director
RSE Building Services
“I am passionate about influencing the way that the industry behaves for the better and am delighted to be a Mates in Mind Champion. My businesses are embracing the initiative and I look forward to members of the Construction and FM industries working collaboratively to reduce and mitigate some of the terrible suicide and depression statistics within the industry - it's time we all talked, it's time we all acted and it's time to stop whispering 'health' in health and safety.”
Russell Stilwell, Founder and Managing Director of the RSE Group
“Eight2O is proud to be an early supporter of ‘Mates in Mind’. This alliance of 8 major organisations already has a growing number of mental health first aiders in place and has started the conversation with over 600 of our supply chain workforce. Feedback has been very positive."
Mike Evans, Head of Safety, Health and Environment
“Sellafield Ltd are delighted and excited to be able to support the Mates in Mind Programme. We are committed to working with our supply chain partners to raise the whole profile of mental health in construction and to take action to improve the current health and well being of those that work on the Sellafield Site."
Mark Sarrington, Head EHSQ projects
Mineral Products Association
“The stigma associated with mental health is a serious issue that will require a concerted and collaborative effort, making open discussion socially acceptable. The Mineral Products Association is delighted to be working with Mates in Mind partners and champions to help make a positive difference to peoples lives and businesses of all sizes across the supply chain.”
Kevin Stevens, Director for Safety and Health
Affiliate and supporting partners
The National Counselling Society
The NCS believes that counselling (and related therapies) should be seen as a vocation (not just a job but a worthy occupation) and that the relationship between counsellor and client is important for the outcome of therapy.
The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a not-for-profit, independent organisation founded to raise standards in the construction industry.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA)
CECA is committed to providing an excellent outcome for clients, as well as achieving the highest industry standards.
Greenham provide sustainable and compliant solutions that improve the wellbeing and safety of their customers enabling them to focus on what they do best.
The Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) is a voluntary accreditation scheme for fleet operators which aims to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are achieving exemplary levels of best practice in safety, efficiency, and environmental protection.
Safer Highways is a collaborative programme, supported by industry leaders from across the highways sector.
Pilot phase: Partner organisations
Balfour Beatty plc is a British multinational infrastructure group based in the United Kingdom with capabilities in construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.
Tideway is the company delivering the Thames Tideway Tunnel. It is owned by a consortium of investors, and more than two million pensioners have an indirect investment in Tideway through UK pension funds managed by those investors.
The Carey Group is a leading family-owned engineering, construction and resource recovery business operating across the UK and Ireland.
Willmott Dixon is a privately owned contracting, residential development and property support business.
Heathrow Airport, originally called London Airport until 1966 and now known as London Heathrow, is a major international airport in London, England.
VolkerWessels is a leading international construction company that operates according to the 'think global, act local' principle.
Continue reading - Impact Awards
The Mates in Mind Impact Awards are an annual event which aim to celebrate our Supporters contributions to improving mental health within their workplaces and across the wider sector.Learn more about our annual Impact Awards