Mental Health in Construction
This course is hosted on a separate site, Future Learn. You will need to create an account and access the course on this external site.
The Educators won’t be able to join the discussions themselves or respond to individual comments, but the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion – supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.
Construction has one of the worst rates of mental health issues of any industry. For example, in the UK low-skilled male manual workers are 3.7 times more likely to commit suicide than the national average.
Mental health issues can be caused or exacerbated by the working environment and in construction workers will often experience high workloads, tight deadlines and financial pressures. The ‘macho’ culture within construction often prevents people from speaking out and seeking help.
On this course, you’ll learn what mental health is, how to identify its signs and symptoms, and understand how to manage your own mental well being as well as that of your colleagues. You’ll hear from people in the industry about how to change construction’s culture to end the stigma around mental health.
Here are the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this course:
- The course takes place 100% online over a period of 3 weeks. New content is released on a weekly basis, and those who sign up should expect to make a commitment of 1 hour per week.
- There are no live sessions; we will not expect you to be online at any specific times over the duration of the course.
- If you require a Certificate of Achievement, please select the option to upgrade your enrolment for a fee of £42. Your certificate will be delivered at the end of the course. Those who don’t require proof of their studies can enjoy full access to the course free of charge.
- The course will be open all the time from the 1st October 2020. To join, please click here to be redirected to the Future Learn online platform. This is where the course will be delivered, and it’s also the place where many more FAQs are answered.
This course would be of value to anyone involved in the construction industry and the built environment with an interest in improving the industry’s record on mental health. It would also be useful for family and friends of those involved in these areas who want to know more about mental wellbeing.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of Mental Health and its definition
- Identify the links between physical and mental health
- Identify the signs and symptoms of common mental health issues
- Apply recognised tools and techniques to improve your mental health and support others
- Demonstrate awareness of the impact of mental health issues on the construction industry
- What is mental health
- Physical versus mental health
- Common mental health issues
- Signs and symptoms
- The impact of mental health issues on the construction industry
- Managing and preventing mental health issues
Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management and leadership career in the built environment.
We are the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.