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now in full roll out and are keen to reach the aspirations of 100,000 persons in year one and 75% of the industry by 2025. “My personal hope is that mental health and addressing ill health becomes business as usual and the stigma that is associated with ill health becomes a thing of the past.” HOW IT WORKS As an organisation, Mates in Mind believes that there is no health without mental health. Mates in Mind aims to: • Raise awareness and understanding of mental health and mental ill health. • Help people understand how, when and where to get support. • Break the silence and stigma through promoting cultures of positive wellbeing throughout the industry. Mates in Mind features a tiered training framework with four key elements which together, build understanding, knowledge and confidence amongst workers; thus offering a holistic and joined up approach. Guidance & Support To support your organisation in creating the right programme – offering guidance on specific worker issues to creating a stress management policy through to connecting the workforce to appropriate support at the right time. Awareness & Education To educate and inform your workforce – with messages tailored to the workforce, to leaders and to ‘champions’ – helping everyone understand their roles and responsibilities in terms of mental wellbeing. Communication To visibly support the framework throughout your organisation – including relevant and accessible communication materials – from hard hat stickers to van stickers, posters, flyers and wallet cards etc. Research & Development To help build an evidence base – Mates in Mind are developing a research programme that will help the industry understand the nature and impact of mental health, and ensure development of effective and robust solutions. Mates in Mind has been designed to be flexible, joined up and easily used to suit the needs of individual organisations and their business priorities. The construction sector has a track record of taking what appear to be hard-to-crack issues, working in partnership to find pan-industry solutions to remedy them. Mates in Mind works with leading organisations and charities such as Mind, Samaritans, Mental Health First Aid England, British Safety Council, Lighthouse Club, Remploy and the National Counselling Society. Mates in Mind provides an innovative and collaborative approach that helps construction companies nurture positive mental wellbeing amongst their workforce. Key to its success is breaking the silence and stigma that can surround mental health, in a wider society and especially in the construction industry. For more information on Mates in Mind, go to www.matesinmind.org HSE INTERNATIONAL 35