As Co Founder and Director of one of the leading commercial plumbing and mechanical engineering firms On Tap Plumbers has been focusing on the issues of mental health for a long time as the construction industry is rife with the effects of severe stress.
Anne and On Tap Plumbers fully supports Mental Health Awareness Week – Stress, Are We Coping? Next week Anne begins a programme in conjunction with Mates In Mind, which works closely with the British Safety Council, the Construction Leadership Group and other charities such as Mind. OTP’s leadership team of supervisors and managers experience highly stressful situations on a frequent basis on construction sites and the company is addressing this to help its team learn techniques to deal with these situations.
Anne says “Mental Health Awareness Week is so important. Research has shown that two thirds of us experience a mental health problem in our lifetimes, and stress is a key factor in this. We know that by tackling the problem of stress, we can go a long way to tackle mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.
“Having grown up and now working in male dominated environments I have always been very aware that mental health is a common issue that men very rarely speak about it or deal with. I grew up with three brothers and I now have three young boys plus a team of 60+ male plumbers working for me. The state of their mental health is very important to me as I’ve experienced first-hand the consequences of the actions of men who didn’t know how to deal with their emotions and took drastic measures.
“Stress levels can lead to a host of problems, such as emotional instability; a decrease in productivity; high rates of absence from work; dependency on prescription drugs, narcotics and alcohol; safety being compromised; families being broken up and individuals experiencing health issues
“If people were better at recognising and dealing with these signs in themselves or their workers there would be an overwhelming improvement in productivity, safety, employee retention and job satisfaction, as well as personal contentment..
“In order to develop a high performance way of working it is not just about your ability to physically carry out the work, it’s the mindset and motivation that pushes you to do the best job you can. There is support out there for you and if you need help it’s vitally important that you contact organisations who will understand what you are going through and can help you to deal with it.”