Every working day in the UK, two construction workers take their own life, and that stress, anxiety, and depression accounts for a fifth of all work-related illness. In light of this statistic, Somerville Fit-Out has pledged to become a Company Supporter for the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. This is a charity dedicated to providing emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support for construction workers and their families.

A crucial element of the charity’s strategy is to provide a wide range of free and widely available pro-active resources to support the industry. The charity offers a free and confidential 24/7 Construction Industry Helpline and text HARDHAT service which provides a range of information, guidance and support on a huge variety of wellbeing issues. These services are complemented by their free Self Support App which offers another route to support, along with their Lighthouse Beacons who provide a safe space for people to share concerns.

The Somerville teams will work and engage with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and being able to utilise their services, including:

Critical Response:

Delivering essential support and early intervention during demanding situations, preventing future and long-term emotional health issues

Wellbeing Academy:

The academy embraces every style of learning from self-paced e-learning through to online tutor-led masterclasses and onsite training

#MakeItVisible on-site:

Site visits can be arranged from the MakeItVisible team of Wellbeing Ambassadors, and get the conversations moving while offering signposts to support

The charity provides information, advice, and guidance on several well-being issues including:

Emotional Well-Being: Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Sleep, Suicidal Thoughts

Physical Well-Being: Occupational Health, Aches & Pains Nutrition, Weight Management, Cancer Support, Alcohol & Drug Addiction

Financial Well-being: Emergency Financial Aid, State Benefit Entitlement, Debt Management, Tax, CIC and Legal Advice, Retirement Planning

To show our support to the construction industry we work within, Somerville has pledged to:

- Donate annually to the charity

- Organise a fundraising event

- Take part in on the charity organised events

These simple acts could change the lives or our employees and the lives of other construction workers throughout the UK.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, reach out for 24/7 free and confidential support now:

24/7 Construction Industry Helplines; 0345 605 1956, (UK) 1800 939 122 (ROI)

Text HARDHAT to 85258 (UK) 50808 (ROI)

Find out more at www.lighthouseclub.org