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Work-Related Matters Affect Mental Health Of 82% Of Tradespeople

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  • 85% don’t feel comfortable talking about their mental health 
  • Finances are the most common cause of stress 
  • IronmongeryDirect is working with mental health charity, Basildon Mind, to raise awareness of the issue 

More than four in five (82%) UK tradespeople experience mental health problems due to work-related issues, a new study has found.  

The research was commissioned for Mental Health Awareness Week (9th-15th May) by IronmongeryDirect, the UK’s largest supplier of specialist ironmongery, and the results have been published in its annual industry report 

It found that almost two-thirds (64%) of tradespeople experience some form of mental health problem, such as stress, anxiety or depression, every month, and sadly, one in eight (13%) feel symptoms every single day.  

Finances remain the number one cause of stress, with over a third (34%) saying that money worries play on their mind. In fact, the top five reasons are the same as last year, with customer tensions (24%) taking second spot once again. 

The most significant change from 2021 is the impact of customer abuse, with almost a fifth (18%) saying they struggle with insults or threats, which is treble the figure from the previous report (6%).  

The top 10 most common causes of stress for tradespeople are: 

Issue 

Finances 

34% 

Tensions with customers 

24% 

High workload 

23% 

Tensions with business partners 

21% 

Tensions with suppliers 

20% 

Job security 

19% 

Making mistakes at work 

19% 

Abuse from customers 

18% 

Risk of catching Covid-19 

18% 

10 

Doing the best job you can for customers 

15% 

Unfortunately, despite the benefits of doing so, more than four in five (85%) tradespeople don’t feel comfortable talking to others about their feelings. Just one in six (16%) have spoken to friends or family about their mental health, which is considerably fewer than last year (42%).  

Furthermore, one in six (16%) worry what their colleagues would think if they told them what they were going through, and more than a quarter (28%) feel they can’t take time off work for mental health reasons.  

Plumbers are the most likely tradespeople to feel stressed or anxious on a daily basis (27%), but overall, mental health problems are most common amongst plasterers. More than nine in ten (92%) say they experience issues at least once a year. 

The trades that are most and least likely to experience mental health issues are: 

Trade 

% 

Plasterer 

92% 

Carpenter 

90% 

Builder 

89% 

Joiner 

89% 

Bricklayer 

87% 

Building surveyor 

84% 

Plumber 

81% 

Electrician 

81% 

Landscaper 

75% 

10 

Painter and decorator 

68% 

As part of its campaign to raise awareness of mental health amongst tradespeople, IronmongeryDirect is partnering with Basildon Mind, the mental health charity, and is donating over £3,000 to support with its vital services.  

Emma Mamo, Head of Workspace Wellbeing at Mind, said: “In male-dominated industries such as construction, employees are often less willing and able to open up about their mental health and ask for support. This can be problematic because mental health problems often become worse if left untreated, and the consequences can be fatal.   

“We urge employers to create cultures where employees can speak openly and honestly about their mental health.”  

Dominick Sandford, Managing Director at IronmongeryDirect and ElectricalDirect, said: “It’s an unfortunate truth that mental health issues are common across our industry, and it’s awful to see that so many tradespeople experience problems on a regular basis.  

“It’s particularly worrying to see that the number of people talking to others about their mental health has dropped significantly from last year. As difficult as it can be to discuss your feelings, talking about them with someone else, whether that’s a colleague or family member, can really help to begin addressing the issues.”   

To read IronmongeryDirect’s Mental Health in the Trades: 2022 Report, visit: https://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/research/mental-health-in-the-trades/  

Source : IronmongeryDirect

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11 May 2022

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