Breaking down the barriers
Encouraging people to talk about mental health in the workplace
The health and wellbeing of the workforce was a crucial element in Thameslink Programme’s performance and progress, with every effort made to raise the bar across the industry. Construction workers are statistically at a higher risk for mental health issues than virtually every other profession. Health and wellbeing activities strove to break down the barriers and encourage people to talk about mental health in the workplace and to remove stigmas surrounding it.
Initiatives organised by Thameslink Programme and suppliers sought to encourage the workforce to top and consider specific themes to change the way colleagues work and act when faced with a situation. A primary example included the London Bridge Redevelopment Safety, Health & Environment Impact Day in 2017 , which included a presentation by Frank Bruno MBE.
Other examples of good practice included creating tranquil environments that staff can use to meditate, pray or spend time away from their working environment. Wellbeing rooms also enable information about support services in and out of work to be shared and facilitate a space for confidential drop in sessions with trained mental health first aiders.