Empowering Mental Health in Construction: Act Now for MHAW 2024

17th April 2024
Mental health awareness week UK

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 is fast approaching from May 13th to 19th. At John F Hunt, we recognise the pressing need to address mental health issues within the construction industry, particularly among men. This blog post aims to shed light on construction workers’ challenges and advocate for greater awareness and support for mental well-being.

Why Mental Health Matters in Construction?

The construction industry is no stranger to demanding work environments, where long hours, physically strenuous labour, and tight deadlines are the norm. These factors, coupled with the traditionally masculine culture of the industry, can contribute to heightened levels of stress, anxiety, and depression among workers, especially men.

Challenges Faced by Construction Workers

  • Job Insecurity: The cyclical nature of the construction industry can lead to periods of unemployment or underemployment, adding financial strain and anxiety.
  • Work-life Balance: Long hours and unpredictable schedules make it challenging for construction workers to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
  • Physical Demands: The nature of construction work exposes workers to injuries and chronic pain, further impacting their mental health.
  • Social Isolation: Many construction workers operate in remote locations or small crews, leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness.

Promoting Mental Well-being in Construction

Both employees and employers have a role to play in promoting mental wellbeing in the construction industry:

For Employees

  • Recognize the signs of mental health issues and seek help when needed.
  • Develop healthy coping mechanisms such as exercise and spending time with loved ones.
  • Utilize available mental health resources, including therapy and counselling services.

For Employers

  • Foster a culture of mental health awareness within the organisation.
  • Offer flexible work arrangements to support work-life balance.
  • Provide access to mental health resources such as employee assistance programs.


Mental health is a critical aspect of overall well-being, and it’s time to prioritise it within the construction industry. By raising awareness, offering support, and breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, we can create a healthier and more supportive work environment for construction workers. Together, let’s make Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 a catalyst for positive change in the construction industry.