HSE International ISSUE 109 - Page 5

Magazine Manager Jonathan Seale FOREWORD Editor Katrina Kendrick Senior Projects Manager Roger Harker In this issue of HSE International: W e focus on Health & Wellbeing. I must admit, this is the most difficult foreword that I’ve ever had to write. As I was about to put pen to paper, I received the shocking news that a friend had lost his life at just 26 years of age in tragic circumstances. I was speaking to him via Facebook less than a week before he passed away. He had been suffering with anxiety and mental health issues. I have several friends and relatives who’ve suffered with mental ill health and several years ago, a key investor in our business tragically took his own life. Although this may seem negative, the point I’m trying to make is that mental ill health affects so many people, regardless of your social or professional standing. We attended the Mates in Mind seminar at this year’s Health & Safety North, and when Heather Bryant, Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability Director at Balfour Beatty (Mates in Mind Partner Organisation) asked how many of us had been affected by suicide, around 70% of the audience raised their hands. It is likely that you too have experienced similar situations. Reflecting on these instances led me to think about how together, we can help others in similar circumstances. Certainly, the aim of this issue is to raise awareness of health and wellbeing, mental health in particular, by highlighting key points and statistics. We also promote organisations and companies leading the way in responsible health and wellbeing management. Our cover story is Mates in Mind - a UK based registered charity established by the Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG) with the support of the British Safety Council in September 2016. Mates in Mind aims to provide clear information, support and guidance available on mental health, mental illness and mental wellbeing, and how these topics can be addressed within the construction industry. Mates in Mind has an ambitious goal – to reach 100,000 workers in the first year, and by 2025 to have reached 75% of the construction industry. We speak to some key individuals involved with Mates in Mind, including Clive Johnson, Head of Health & Safety Group at Landsec and Steve Hails, Director of Health, Safety & Wellbeing at Tideway. In addition, this issue of HSE International presents a round-up of regular columns, features and informative articles, including award winners and an exciting vision into the future of Artificial Intelligence. Projects Manager Mike Williams Production Manager Rosalie Clarke Magazine Design Roland Scriver Contributors BSIF CCS BSC DEB BTA MiM Shazard Gerard Bansraj, BSc, MSc. For more information, please contact a member of our team at: info@hseinternational.co.uk www.twitter.com/hse_int +44 (0)800 612 5845 Olympus Publishing Limited 42 Crosby Rd Waterloo Liverpool L22 4QQ Jonathan Seale Magazine Manager HSE INTERNATIONAL 5