Last reviewed 11 May 2021

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity has been selected to deliver specialist mental health and wellbeing training to construction students and tutors at five London colleges.

The pilot scheme starts in the Spring and is expected to be completed by October.

It will see 1000 students at Windsor Forest, West Thames, West London, Brooklands and Harrow and Uxbridge Colleges complete a half day MHFA (Mental Health First Aider) England Awareness Course.

These awareness courses offer an insight into mental health and look at how to challenge stigma while providing basic knowledge of common mental health issues together with an introduction to looking after personal mental health.

The aim is to give people the confidence to support someone in distress or who may be experiencing a mental health issue.

In addition, 100 tutors will be offered the construction focused two-day MHFA England Mental Health First Aider Course.

Offering an in-depth understanding of mental health and the factors that can affect wellbeing, this course provides practical skills to enable participants to spot the triggers and signs of mental health issues.

It also teaches enhanced interpersonal skills, such as non-judgmental listening, and gives people the confidence to step in and support a person in distress with signposting for specialist support where necessary.

It is hoped that there will be an opportunity to roll the training initiative out to other colleges in the future.

Barry Mortimer, the West London Hub Coordinator for the Mayor’s Construction Academy, said: “The suicide rates in construction are shocking so we want to be pro-active about the support we provide to our construction students and tutors so that situations do not escalate to crisis point.”

See https://www.lighthouseclub.org/mental-health-first-aid-training for more detail.