NASC Launches Head for Heights Campaign
The National Access and Scaffolding Confederation has today launched its Head for Heights campaign, aimed at changing how mental health is approached and acted upon in the scaffolding industry.
The campaign will see the NASC attempt to break down the stigma surrounding mental health and wellbeing and raise awareness of the simple steps companies can take to introduce a proactive approach to tackling these issues in a sensitive manner – and the positive impact this can have.
As part of the Head for Heights initiative, the NASC has signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge, a growing social movement established to end mental health discrimination, and is urging NASC members to follow suit.
According to Time to Change, one in four people experience a mental health problem every year and half of those affected say that the associated isolation and shame is worse than the condition itself.
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to launch our Head for Heights campaign and also sign the Time to Change Employer Pledge, demonstrating our commitment to addressing how mental health is viewed in the industry.
“There is a stigma surrounding mental health, one that is felt particularly keenly in a male-dominated industry such as scaffolding and access. That’s why we’re so keen to support people and help them find the confidence to speak up, and also support businesses looking to step up their mental health and wellbeing support.”
To find out more about Time to Change and to sign the Employer Pledge click here.
NASC President Calls for Construction Industry to Embrace Mental Health Support
TRAD Group CEO and NASC President has spoken about the mental breakdown he suffered as a 26-year-old and the lessons construction can learn from experiences like his.
In an interview with Construction News, Mr Moore said: “For at least a month, there were days I just wouldn’t get out of bed and try to face the day. The only reason I got through it as I did is because my wife Debbie fully supported me and managed to get me through it.”
For a long time, only a handful of people knew about this period of his life because, in construction, you just don’t talk about this sort of thing – especially if you’re ambitious.
“I kept it to myself because I think it was always [the case] – and still is now – that people would actually perceive it as being a weakness, and a barrier to you being promoted to a senior position where you end up with a greater level of responsibility,” he explains.
“In fairness, I probably haven’t felt like that for the last 10 years.”
Mr Moore became president of the NASC in 2017 and decided the time was right to help reverse the idea that mental health is not something you talk about in construction.
“I felt it would be appropriate given that I am president of the NASC and it’s a big industry issue,” he says. “I have got to this position and I had a serious mental health incident many years ago – it hasn’t stopped me.”
Speaking about how businesses across the industry should establish support structures, Mr Moore said: “It needs to be something taken on board by the CEO and the senior people, getting all the staff involved, and it needs to be something for their individual company.
“It should just be something you’re doing on a consistent basis because, ultimately, it’s just good business. That’s it.”
To read the interview in full click here.