Caddick Construction launches wellbeing programme addressing men’s mental health

Caddick Construction

Yorkshire-based property development and construction organisation Caddick Construction has launched a bespoke health and wellbeing programme for its 140 employees, addressing the mental health concerns of men working in the construction sector.

The Mindset programme, provided by Hero, was implemented on 12 February 2019 and has been designed to support staff with both their physical and mental health. It has a particular focus on addressing depression, anxiety, stress and the high suicide statistics among men in the construction industry.

The new initiative includes one-to-one health checks and screenings, covering areas such as blood pressure, cholesterol and blood tests, mental health first aid training, employee workshops, which will be ongoing throughout 2019, and wellbeing training for all direct line managers.

The management workshops highlight the importance of wellbeing at work and teach managers how to support their team members.

Andrew Murray, managing director at Caddick Construction, said: “Our employees are our greatest asset and we want to ensure they feel valued and supported. We are thrilled to be leading the way when it comes to mental resilience and wellbeing in the workplace, issues which should not and cannot be ignored.”

The initiatives included within the health and wellbeing programme were based on the results of an employee wellbeing survey, and the programme was communicated to employees via email.

Murray added: “As [an employer], we take our responsibility to our team members seriously and want to support them in as many ways possible to ensure they are both healthy and happy inside and outside of work. I’m confident this project will deliver tangible results for our staff that will enhance and improve the health and wellbeing [of] our employees, whether office-based or on site.”