Host your very own Big Brew

Register interest in hosting a Big Brew event and help to end the stigma around mental health in our industry
What is a Big Brew?

The Big Brew is an annual campaign to encourage UK construction industry workers and tradespeople to come together over a cuppa to support one another and remove the taboo around mental health.

It follows the format of a charity coffee morning event where a company or organisation will host a Big Brew so that staff, visitors and customers can come together and talk about the issue of mental health during a builders’ tea break.

Everyone who attends a Big Brew is advised to know their STATS, as this is a great way to start conversations around the issue of mental health: it could be the thing that prompts someone to open up or ask for help. 

Aims of the Big Brew
  • Improve awareness of both mental health issues and ways to seek help for members of the UK construction industry.

  • Raise funds to provide free wellbeing services for members of the UK construction industry in need.

  • Raise awareness about the challenges faced by UK construction industry workers.

  • Encourage community engagement and support.
What you need to know about the Big Brew
  • Anyone can host a Big Brew.

  • Join in the conversation at #GiveYourselfABreak.

  • The Big Brew is timed to coincide with World Mental Health Day each October.

  • Donations are collected during the event, either as a fixed fee or through voluntary contributions.
Big Brew on BBC TV’s One Show

A Big Brew event at Jewson in Woking was the focal point for a film by DIY SOS presenter Nick Knowles – which was screened on the popular BBC One programme The One Show.

Nick’s film was timed to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week and featured him talking to tradespeople about the mental health crisis in the construction industry and exploring the reasons why the suicide rate in the sector is far higher than in other professions.

One tradesperson told Nick about how only the week previously, one of his friends had taken their own life. Nick also spoke to Dan, a painter and decorator, who bravely spoke openly about his mental health struggles and the steps he has in place to help.

Watch the film.

Get Involved!

You can support the Big Brew by:

Hosting an event – sign up here

Attending an event 

Donate here

Sharing on socials 

Need Help Now?

Get in touch with our free counselling service here

Or reach out 24-hours a day by texting BOB to 85258.

NHS-Emergency: 999

Non-Emergency: 111

Mates in Mind: 0345 605 1956

Papyrus: 0800 068 4141

Samaritans: 116 123


Please click here to download your free 'Big Brew' resources!

Please click here to order you Big Brew pack

Help is at hand…

Text support

We operate a 24-hour text service offering support and guidance from a trained counsellor. If you are feeling low or overwhelmed, text BOB to 85258.

Wellbeing support

Our online wellbeing portal provides 24/7 access to unlimited mental health and wellbeing support, including a personal Mental Health Coach and open-ended therapy, at the touch of a button. See here.

Help support the Big Brew