Jewson Live, taking place on December 15, will focus on one of the biggest issues facing the construction industry; the mental health crisis. The event at Birmingham’s NEC will provide a safe space for tradespeople to open up about their mental wellbeing, hear expert advice and get additional support should they need it.
Key speaker sessions at the event include Behind the Line, where legendary boxer Frank Bruno will discuss his mental health struggles. A second session on the day will see Frank join fellow sporting star James Wade, and the Band of Builders’ wellbeing lead Peter Cape in a Screw the Silence Q&A.
Melanoma UK will also be running a pop-up skin check clinic at the event, to offer advice and answer any questions around the dangers that tradespeople face when working long hours outside.
Alongside these sessions, a key feature at the event will be the Builders Talk café, offering a hub of support and encouraging attendees to open up and chat with fellow trades while grabbing a brew. Here, visitors will find vital resources that offer helpful tips as well as directing them to organisations that can offer additional support. There will also be a private, enclosed space next to the café where people can immediately access professional help.
Nadine Matthews, managing director at Jewson, said: “We all know the devastating impact that the mental health crisis continues to have on the construction industry. But we also know that talking to one another can make a world of difference. That’s why we’ve made it a focus of Jewson Live this year, on top of the usual trade deals, product updates, key speakers and giveaways.
“By offering expert advice, useful resources, and creating a space to talk openly and frankly about mental health, we hope that Jewson Live 2022 can shine a light on this issue and offer useful support to the industry.”