We are proud to be a supporter of The Lighthouse Club, the Construction Industry Charity, which has pledged that no construction worker and their family will ever be alone in a crisis.

The charity operates the Construction Industry Helpline and also supports construction companies by providing tools, resources and employee assistance programmes to support staff. 

FMB National President Jan Etchells has chosen The Lighthouse Club as our national charity partner for the duration of her tenure.

 

The statistics

  • Every single working day in the UK two construction workers take their own life. 
  • Every year over 2.4 million working days are lost through injury or illness in the construction industry. 
  • Stress, depression or anxierty accounts for a fifth of all work-related illness.
  • Every year there are over 82,000 new cases of work-related illness that can be directly attributed to working in the construction industry.

How to access support

Construction Industry Helpline and app 

The charity operates the Construction Industry Helpline and app in the UK and Ireland, offering free and confidential emotional and emergency financial support to those who work in the construction industry and their families.

The app is available for free on iOS and Android and provides advice for mental, physical and financial wellbeing. The app is designed to be a self-help tool that makes it easy to find more information on all aspects of wellbeing, and provides guidance on how users can help themselves, as well as how to contact professionals for assistance if required. Find more info on the app on the Lighthouse Club website, or download directly from Google Play or the App Store.

 

Mental health and wellbeing training

The Lighthouse Club is a CITB approved training organisation offering masterclass sessions, Mental Health First Aid England training and mental health training for managers. Find out about the different types of mental health first aid training available, as well as information on upcoming training dates.

Mental health in the workplace 

The Lighthouse Club also provides a wide range of resources to help encourage conversations in the workplace. Resources include: 

  • A five-step framework to create a positive mental health culture at work;
  • Building Mental Health portal, which inlcudes a charter and additional materials for Tool Box Talks; and 
  • Helpline packs for your construction site to help encourage conversations and ensure your employees know where to go for help. 

Get involved

The Lighthouse Club is the only charity that provides mental, physical and financial wellbeing support to those working in the construction industry. There are many ways to support The Lighthouse Club and the work that they do to help others. Options include:

  • Purchase Helpline Packs for your workforce 
  • Hold a Lighthouse Day 
  • Become and individual or company supporter
  • Become a Charity Champion 
  • Join a local club and volunteer your time 

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