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Mental Health Awareness Week

SCA Group proudly supports Mental Health Awareness Week – 13 to 19 May – in partnership with the Mental Health Foundation. Let's work together to create a world where good mental health is accessible to all, and everyone feels they can open-up and discuss their problems without the fear of the stigma attached.

This year's theme is movement, emphasising the importance of physical activity for our mental wellbeing. Join us in finding and sharing moments for movement throughout the week. Let's prioritise our mental health by incorporating more movement into our daily routines.

When life gets hectic, it can be challenging to make time for self-care activities. However, finding moments for movement doesn't have to be complicated. Use the waiting time to squeeze in some extra steps – whether it's waiting for the kettle to boil, your kids to finish school, or a bus to arrive. These small moments can add up and make a big difference.

Remember, if you're concerned about your mental health, seeking professional advice is crucial. Contact your GP for support and guidance, or in case of a crisis, don't hesitate to call 999 (UK) or go to A&E for immediate assistance.

The Mental Health Foundation focuses on research and policy development to prevent mental health issues. While they can't provide personal advice, they have compiled a list of organisations and services that directly support individuals with mental health challenges.

If you need help or guidance, reach out to any of the following:

Samaritans: 116 123 / jo@samaritans.org.uk

Shout: text SHOUT to 85258

Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774 / 07537 416905 / anxietyuk.org.uk

Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393 / info@mind.org.uk

CALM Helpline: 0800 58 58 58

There is also a charity that provides support specifically for the construction industry - The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity. They are the only charity dedicated to providing support for Construction workers and their families and are an invaluable source of confidential advice and support. Their helpline number for the UK is 0345 605 1956 and ROI 1800 939 122. Alternatively, text the word HARDHAT to 85258 (UK) or 50808 (ROI). Advice and guidance is available 24/7. The link to their website can be seen below.

Lighthouse Club - The Construction Industry Charity

At SCA Group, we have two Mental Health First Aiders, Steve Armstrong & Chelsea Townley, who are here to support you. Our MHFAiders® can offer initial assistance, guide you to appropriate help, and serve as a point of contact for your mental health needs.

Let's prioritise our mental health this #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek by embracing movement, seeking support when needed, and promoting open conversations about mental wellbeing. Together, we can create a world where good mental health is a priority.