Huddersfield-based Big Red Construction has become the headline sponsor of this year’s Big Brew campaign. The campaign encourages construction industry workers and tradespeople to come together to support one another, and remove the taboo around mental health in the sector.
Big Red Construction was only founded just over five years ago and already has an order book of more than £20m of projects where it is either a principal contractor or a main contractor. It sees supporting the Big Brew as “absolutely vital” for the UK construction industry, where the suicide rate of workers is estimated to be as high as two people every day. UK construction sector workers are nearly three times as likely to die by suicide than their counterparts in other industries.
Mike Lomas, managing director of Big Red Industries, said: “Through partnering with Band of Builders on this remarkable campaign, we hope to not only increase awareness of the mental health support services that are available but to also encourage other construction companies to join us in being part of the change. Big Red, Big Change.”
“It is our key focus at Big Red to support all our construction workers, as we recognise the impact that not having the correct support or tools in place can have a detrimental impact on those who may be struggling with their mental health and day to day life. It’s absolutely vital that individuals, businesses and the industry at large do all they can to tackle this crisis.
Lomas added: “We are supporting this year’s Big Brew because it’s a brilliantly simple idea to encourage tradespeople and contractors to have a quick timeout over a cuppa and check in with colleagues and friends to just see if they’re OK.”
“We have been impressed with the way that the Big Brew has tackled the mental health crisis in construction head-on; how it has got the industry talking; and how the first Big Brew raised enough money to fund a new, free, construction industry-only counselling service for two years.”
Peter Cape, the Big Brew lead at Band of Builders, said: “We are delighted that Big Red Construction has been so eager to come on board as a sponsor of the Big Brew and support a campaign that not only shines a light on the mental health crisis within the construction industry but has also put lifelines in place – such as our free counselling service and our new text line (text BOB to 85258) – that tradespeople, contractors and their families can use at any time.”
“The most effective way to start turning the tide on this is to get tradespeople and contractors talking, and this year we are introducing a tea scale as one way to start conversations – with images of different strengths of a cuppa. So, we are asking tradespeople ‘where are you at on the mental health tea scale?’”
There’s still time to register interest in hosting a Big Brew event at https://bandofbuilders.org, and you can join in the conversation online by using the hashtag #GiveYourselfABreak.