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Building stronger foundations for employee mental health

This month, on 10 September, World Suicide Prevention Day served as a global reminder of the importance of mental health. Sarah Butcher, Commercial Manager from Welfare Hire Nationwide explains how good quality welfare facilities can be crucial in supporting employees’ mental health during challenging projects, in an industry where historically, it has been at times neglected.

In the construction and rail industries, where the demands and pressures on workers can be especially challenging, the need for mental health support is more critical than ever. Quality welfare facilities have emerged as a lifeline in this context, offering a sanctuary of support and care on busy and difficult sites.

The construction and rail industries have long grappled with the issue of mental health. The demanding nature of the work, tight project schedules, physical strain and difficult weather conditions can all take a toll on employees’ mental wellbeing.


80% of all people who die by suicide are of working age, meaning the workplace is an important location for conversations and the development of systems of prevention to take place. Below are some examples of the role welfare facilities can play in supporting employee mental health and wellbeing:

Providing a safe space for respite

Mobile welfare units have become essential kit on modern day construction projects, providing a safe, designated space where workers can take solace during breaks. These units offer shelter from the noise and activity of construction sites, allowing workers to recharge and reduce their stress levels. Such respite spaces are instrumental in supporting mental health and reducing workplace sickness and absenteeism.

Promoting health and hygiene

High quality welfare facilities prioritise the physical well-being of workers as well as mental. Equipped with amenities like spacious, clean fresh water flushing toilets, and handwashing facilities, these units foster better hygiene standards. Reduced risk of illness leads to improved physical comfort, which in turn positively impacts mental health.

Fostering workplace community

Isolation and loneliness can be significant contributors to poor mental health, with a survey of UK adults stating one in eight have had suicidal thoughts and feelings because of feeling lonely. Welfare facilities, as communal spaces, encourage workers to connect with their peers. These spaces promote interaction, allowing workers to share experiences, provide emotional support, and build camaraderie.

Addressing mental health head-on

The construction industry is increasingly recognising the importance of mental health support. Mobile welfare units can be equipped with resources, contacts, and information about mental health services. This empowers workers to seek help if they are facing mental health challenges. These facilities can even offer private spaces for confidential conversations with mental health professionals.

Boosting productivity and safety

Mental well-being goes hand-in-hand with productivity and safety. A workforce that is mentally healthy is more likely to make sound decisions, adhere to safety protocols, and perform tasks efficiently. These improvements can have a positive impact on project timelines and budgets.

A holistic approach to site worker mental health

At Welfare Hire we provide spacious, modern welfare facilities, to offer the best environment for employee wellbeing. Our ECO10, provides 20% more internal space than other mobile welfare units, enabling up to 10 people to rest at any given time.

This can be a gamechanger in terms of employee wellbeing, providing a safe, private space where having important conversations and destigmatising mental health concerns can take place.

High-quality welfare facilities, including mobile welfare units, are essential components of a holistic approach to supporting workplace mental health in the construction industry. By creating a supportive environment, promoting hygiene and well-being, encouraging healthy habits, fostering a sense of community, addressing mental health challenges, and enhancing productivity and safety, these facilities can play a crucial role in ensuring that construction workers’ mental health is prioritised.

As the industry continues to evolve, investing in these facilities not only benefits workers but also contributes to the long-term success and sustainability of construction and rail projects.

Ultimately, prioritising on site mental health is a win-win for all parties and investing in good quality welfare facilities can be a catalyst for happier, more successful workplaces.

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