Ex-Arsenal player heads up BMF Conference Mental Health Workshop

Tony Adams, the former Arsenal and England captain, will be the guest speaker at the Mental Health Workshop taking place at the BMF All Industry Conference 2021 in November.

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Adams’ 22-year footballing career saw him achieve huge successes but also battle with addiction. This inspired him to become an advocate for mental health.  His Sporting Chance charity has been helping sports people for over 20 years.  More recently he founded SIX Mental Health Solutions to support the many people outside the sporting world who contacted him for help.

BMF CEO, John Newcomb said: “At the last BMF All Industry Conference in 2019 we shone a spotlight on the importance of mental health in the workplace. There will undoubtedly be additional challenges for those returning to the workplace after furlough or home working, so I am delighted that Tony Adams will be sharing his expertise at this year’s Conference.”

The importance of mental health is increasingly recognised throughout the construction industry and the impact of Coronavirus has highlighted the issue. A report by the CITB found that 97% of construction workers had reported experiencing stress in the past year, with 26% experiencing suicidal thoughts in the past year.

SIX MHS, which provides private and confidential support to improve the wellbeing of a company’s workforce, recently partnered with Jewson to support the wellbeing of their colleagues.

The Mental Health Workshop, sponsored by Encon, is one of four workshops taking place at the event.


About Fiona Russell-Horne

Group Managing Editor across the BMJ portfolio.

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