Stress is a part of everyday life, and indeed some scientists believe exposure to some stress makes you more resilient and better able to manage stress. However, when staff in the workplace become overwhelmed with stress, or simply don’t have the mechanisms to cope with it effectively, it can be much more serious.

The impact of this is shown in the fact that stress, depression or anxiety accounts for a fifth of all work-related illness, leading to mental health problems or even making existing problems worse.

That is why during this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week (14th – 20th May), which focuses on stress, we’re choosing show our support to The Lighthouse Club, a charity which provides advice, guidance, support and even emergency financial aid to those in the construction industry coping with stress, depression, anxiety or illness. Throughout the week, people logging into our Viewpoint for Projects and Viewpoint Field View — for which there are over 450,000 registered users — will be signposted to the charity in the hope that they’ll get the support they need.

The Lighthouse Club is a fantastic charity and invaluable resource providing a 24/7 free helpline which is available for everyone in the construction industry, and since 1956, has been dedicated to the welfare and support of construction families in the UK and Ireland.

Since its inception The Lighthouse Club has delivered more than £17.5 million in charitable services and supported more than 16,500 families. Viewpoint is passionate about reducing workplace stress and helping employers create a mentally healthy workplace. Our products have been designed to reduce stress, man hours needed and make complex construction projects easier to log, follow, manage and direct by encouraging collaboration and breaking down silos between project partners.

However, we’re all acutely aware of the importance of mental health to the industry. Every year more than 1.7 million days are lost in the construction industry due to illness or injury.

We want to tell our users that if they need a helping hand with stress, mental health or any other health or emotional issue please visit www.lighthouseclub.org. Alternatively, if you’d like to show your support to The Lighthouse Club, please visit: www.lighthouseclub.org/donate/.

Posted by Ian Thompson