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How construction can end the stigma around mental health

The CIOB has launched a new open online course (MOOC) titled Mental Health in Construction.

Participants on the course, which began on 12 October, will learn to understand signs and symptoms of poor mental health and understand how to manage their own mental wellbeing, as well as that of their colleagues. 

They will also hear about how to change construction’s culture to end the stigma around mental health. 

The course encourages discourse from those across the globe and would be of value to anyone involved in the industry with an interest in improving its record on mental health. 

The CIOB’s extensive work on mental health includes a recent report, Understanding Mental Health in the Built Environment. It has also worked with organisations such as the Alzheimer’s Society to raise awareness and launch continuing professional development (CPD) courses such as its Dementia Awareness course.  

CIOB past president Professor Charles Egbu said: “This course is a positive and welcome step in building the tools we need, both as individuals and as organisations, to start working toward a brighter future and better mental health, in work and in life. 

“The entire construction industry needs to continuously work on the structure and environment that negatively impact workers’ mental health – no one person can solve this on their own.”

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