“We have a mental health crisis in the industry, there’s no doubt about it, historically we struggle to talk and open up. These guys listening to what we’re talking about, listening to how we’ve struggled and been part of this industry, gives them license to open up about issues they’re having and realise that it’s not weak to speak.”

We spoke with Robert Muldoon and Ray Elliott from Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity after their talk at our Gateshead Construction Academy last week about what they do and why it’s so important to highlight struggles in the Construction Industry.

We also got insight from some industry experts about how these open conversations can reshape the construction industry for current and future tradespeople.

The #MakeItVisible team from Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity are reaching out to frontline trades to start a conversation about mental health and their crucial support services. Their mission is to make welfare and wellbeing support visible in construction.