Just Practising Limited is delighted to support Ian Dryden of SIG Design and Technology in his campaign to raise awareness of the issues of mental health in construction. Find out more about his campaign in this article and please donate to Samaritans via his campaign page if you are able.
Remember back in November we told you about our specification manager Ian Dryden’s initiative to climb Mount Kilimanjaro? We’re back with an update on his training progress, news of when he’ll be climbing and more. A reminder of why we are doing this
Ian tells us in his story that he’s decided to spend the year training and climbing to raise awareness and provide information about mental health in construction. “I am climbing Kilimanjaro and other peaks for Samaritans because there are TEN TIMES more suicides than there are accidents in construction.” After the end of his marriage earlier last year, Ian went through a difficult time and contemplated suicide. But fortunately for all of us, he picked up the phone and dialled Samaritans on 116123. This was the beginning of his journey back to life, a journey we’re all proud to be sharing with him. “Be Kind for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” Construction has a huge problem with mental health. Not only are construction workers ten times more likely to die by suicide than by an accident on site, construction trades have the highest number of suicides than any profession. Between 2011 and 2015 over 1400 construction workers took their own lives [Source: ONS/Construction News ].
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