Colmore Tang Construction is committing to the mental health and wellbeing of its staff by launching an initiative that aims to support people in need.

The Birmingham-based contractor has taken action in response to startling statistics that show male construction staff are three times more likely to take their own lives than men not working in the sector.

Findings by the Office of National Statistics revealed that between 2011 and 2015, 13.2% of the 13,232 recorded in-work suicides involved those working in the skilled construction and building trades, even though the sector makes up just over 7% of the UK workforce.

CTC has now signed up to the Construction Industry Helpline, a 24/7 confidential support number for anyone working within the sector and their families. By buying helpline packs, which includes cards for every member of staff, CTC is also helping The Lighthouse Club, a charity that supports construction workers.

Steve Underwood, COO, said the issue of mental health and wellbeing is an important focus area for the business and understands more needs to be done within construction to ensure all of its workers are able to find help and support if they are struggling with any issues.

“As a company, we take the health of our people very seriously and the statistics surrounding male suicide within the construction sector demonstrate that there is still much more to do across the industry to make sure free and confidential support is available when needed,” he said.

“The initiative we are launching is a solid start in our commitment to providing an environment where any member of our community who is experiencing problems in their home or work lives knows there are a number of avenues they can explore.

“We’re starting to see changes in the way that mental health issues are viewed – telling people to ‘man up’ is thankfully no longer acceptable and this will all help to remove the stigma of mental health.”

For the third year running Steve Underwood is taking part in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride in Tamworth and Lichfield on Sunday, September 30, which aims to raise funds for men’s mental health and prostate cancer charities.

The charity event, which began in 2012, is expected to attract more than 120,000 men in 650 cities worldwide, who will ride classic and vintage motorcycles. Steve will travel through Staffordshire on his 1957 AJS Model 18S bike accompanied by 70 riders on the day.

To support and sponsor Steve, visit gentlemansride.

Steve Underwood, front right, at last year’s Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

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