Big Brew

UK construction charity Band of Builders is proud to announce a new mental health initiative - the Big Brew. This campaign was prompted by the shocking figures around mental health in the construction industry:

 Two UK Construction sector workers die by suicide every day

  • UK Construction sector workers are nearly three times as likely to die by suicide than their counterparts in other industries
  • In the UK alone, 400,000 working days were lost to mental health issues in 2018 (55% of all days lost)
  • Mental health issues are responsible for approximately a £37 billion cost to the UK construction industry every year
  • 90% of construction managers admit they have struggled with their mental health

The aim of the Big Brew is to bring the trade together to share a brew and ask everyone to remember their STATS:-

S - Support each other
T - Talk about it
A - Always ask twice
T - Take it seriously
S - Stop the cycle

We want to encourage every sector within the construction industry, from merchants to small businesses, to host their own Big Brew and get the trade talking.

As part of the campaign BoB aims to fund or provide a new range of mental health support services aimed at members of the UK construction industry and focused on supply chain companies, small businesses and the self-employed who were recently discovered to be at higher risk than those working in larger organisations.

The Big Brew campaign is supported by Resideo through their Honeywell Home brand and will involve other partners of Band of Builders including Jewson, DeWalt and JW Grant who will all be hosting Big Brews in October.

To find out more or to get involved yourself, visit https://www.bandofbuilders.org/the-big-brew/ or ask your local Jewson branch for more information.