Partnering with the Irish Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Wm. O’Brien today announced that it will be focusing on raising awareness and offering support around mental health across its team for CIF Safety Week 2019.
As part of the initiative a number of talks will take place on Wm. O’Brien sites across the country, as well as at the head office in Cork. Information leaflets will be distributed to all team members outlining signs that someone may have mental health issues, self-care activities they can do themselves, and encouraging everyone to talk to a friend, family or healthcare practitioner, as well as details on the Employee Assistance Programme and how to can access it.
Commenting on the initiative, William O’Brien, managing director of Wm. O’Brien said, “Our employees’ mental health and wellness is really important to us. Our team are our family and we want to remind everyone that we are there to help. Also, we recognise that working on sites far away from home can put an extra strain on some team members.
If someone is struggling, they can talk to anyone in the company directly, or reach out to our independent and confidential Employee Assistance Programme. We hope this focus will provide opportunities for open dialogue from everyone and help to highlight the importance of looking after our mental health.”
The Employee Assistance Programme is an independent and confidential service to help employees identify and resolve their personal problems including; family, debt, work, relationships and legal issues, and lifestyle addictions.