TWO-THIRDS of builders are suffering from stress, their union revealed yesterday as it launched a new bid to tackle mental health problems in the industry.
A survey of Ucatt members also found 35 per cent of respondents had suffered from a mental illness.
But three-quarters had not raised the issue with management. The most common mental health conditions among builders were depression and anxiety.
Launching the findings at Ucatt’s conference in Scarborough, Labour shadow mental health minister Luciana Berger said: “We are making progress in tackling the stigma and taboo that surrounds mental health.
“Work is a place where everyone should feel safe. If trade unions like Ucatt don’t stand up for workers with mental health conditions then who will?”
In a Q&A session, one delegate said his wife had been “bullied out of work” due to her epilepsy.
General secretary Brian Rye said: “Ucatt’s aim is to bring the discussion of mental health in the construction industry into the foreground.
“The taboo of not talking about depression and anxiety needs to be addressed — for everyone’s health and safety.”