According to the CIF, 18.5% of the Irish population has a mental health disorder – placing Ireland the third highest in Europe.

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8 December 2021

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Nothing is more important to us than the well-being of our staff.

As an active member of the construction community, Duke McCaffrey supports the efforts made by Construction Industry Federation (CIF) to address the culture and stigma of mental health in the construction industry on this Suicide Prevention Day.

This year’s theme is aptly named ‘creating hope through action’, reminding us that it is our positive actions, no matter how big or small, that provide hope to those struggling.

Over the years, the CIF has made it a priority to tackle these shocking statistics by proactively providing dedicated support and construction focussed training programmes. As industry leaders, we must all do the same – take positive action by listening, talking, coaching and being kind.

12 months ago, who would have thought a pandemic such as this could have had such an impact on our construction industry? In an industry, where many construction workers are men, talking and opening up has been a real challenge - but talk we must.

Throughout the COVID pandemic, job insecurity has been a huge factor. This together with tight industry margins and low-price competitive bidding has put many workers and business leaders in the most uncertain circumstances.

“As a business, we have been conscious of taking time to listen as well as promoting teamwork and collaboration as many of our team members are young professionals, who really need the coaching and guidance of their seniors – particularly at this time where working from home has become the norm.” says Ronan McGee, Director Duke McCaffrey

The CIF supports the Lighthouse Construction Charity, which is the only charity to provide emotional, physical, and financial support to the construction community. The charity provides a confidential 24/7 construction industry helping and a supporting app that provides useful information, advice, and guidance to those who need it.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, please reach out to the support the CIF gives.

1800 939 122

CIF Helpline