Men's Health Week

It’s Men’s Health Week from 12th to 18th June and we are sharing the support options available from our charity partner, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, to raise awareness and support men in construction.

  • The Carey Group
  • Thursday 8th June 2023

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One in five men die before the age of 65. The causes are a variety of physical and mental health issues, so Men’s Health Week is all about increasing awareness of preventable health problems for men of all ages and backgrounds.

Our construction workforce is 87% male so it is vital that our workforce are given free and easily accessible support to live healthier lifestyles and there are plenty of things that can be done to help stay fit in mind and body.

Physical Health

Get regular check-ups with your doctor. Seeing your GP regularly can help them identify and treat any health issues, such as Prostate cancer, in its early stage.

Reduce your salt and sugar intake. Having too much salt can increase your cholesterol and cause heart problems later down the line whereas too much sugar can lead to obesity and/or diabetes.

Go for a daily walk. Taking a stroll lets you get in some cardio exercise and fresh air – and it’s great for your mental health.

Reduce alcohol intake. As well as inhibiting your ability to perform day to day functions, consistent and large intakes of alcohol can cause liver problems.

Quit smoking. Smoking is bad for every organ in your body and can lead to a variety of severe health issues, such as lung and throat cancer – it’s also expensive!

Enjoy breakfast everyday – A nutritious breakfast starts your day off right. It not only sets you up so you have energy and fuel for optimal mental and physical performance, but also to maintain stable blood sugar levels and a healthy weight because you are less likely to overindulge later in the day

Mental health

There are numerous support options available to support those suffering from mental wellbeing. These include:

Join a community group. Being part of a group can boost mental wellbeing by reducing feelings of loneliness and detachment. Try visiting one of our Lighthouse Beacons as a first step.

Talk to someone. Whether it’s family or friends (or even one of our helpline workers), maintaining healthy relationships with peers. You can always call our helpline if you need.​

Take up a hobby. Engaging in a hobby can be a mental escape, help us hone a skill, or just provide an opportunity to socialise with others. It’s also a great way to help us disconnect from work and break away from the monotony of daily life.

Volunteer. Doing something selfless for others has been proven to make ourselves feel better. We even have our own volunteering opportunities you can join.

Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep is essential to healthy mental wellbeing as it helps us regulate our emotions and ability to function effectively. Register for the free Sleepstation app to find out how.

Adopt relaxation techniques. These can work to slow down breathing, lower blood pressure, and reduce muscle tension and stress.

To access all the resources above and to find out more, visit the charity’s Mens Health Campaign page

If you need help or support now, or know someone that does, you can access free and confidential support 24/7 via:

Construction Industry Helpline on UK 0345 605 1956 / ROI 1800 939 122,

Or text HARDHAT to 85258 (UK) or 50808 (ROI)

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