Lucy Roper’s weekly Built Environment blog: Mental health and wellbeing

Each week, UCEM Information Governance Manager, Lucy Roper points us in the direction of interesting stories from the Built Environment.

This week, to mark Time to Talk Day and ahead of University Mental Health Day on 7 March, Lucy offers her own thoughts on maintaining a healthy mind and shares resources on wellbeing and a construction firm’s actions to tackle mental health…

Fresh air and positive thoughts

I often think people overlook ‘mental’ health. As a keen sportswoman, I have learnt over the years the important role positive mental fitness plays combined with physical fitness to achieve success.

At work I find time to go out for a walk at lunch and get some fresh air. This allows time to reflect, eases stress and you return re-energised and ready to tackle the tasks ahead. I also keep an email folder entitled ‘Happy messages’ that I send positive emails to, reminding me that I am doing a good job and helps me to get through the tough days.

What about you? How do you cope with work/home stress? Email me with your thoughts!

Community Wellbeing Index

Co-op has produced a Community Wellbeing Index which gives an insight into what’s important to people in their community. This is a handy tool to understand what matters most to those nearest to you!

Stress and fatigue in the construction industry

The Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT), in conjunction with UCL, is running a survey investigating the triggers of stress and fatigue among professionals in the construction industry. Taking part could identify problems which could then lead to solutions so if you are interested in cutting down on stress and fatigue in construction, why not take part.

Efforts to tackle mental health

Multinational construction company, Laing O’Rourke clearly take mental health seriously judging by this article by the firm’s Health and Wellbeing Leader, Silvana Martin.

The efforts the company has made to improve its workforce’s mental health are eye-opening, making Silvana’s account well worth a read.

  

For more from Lucy, take a look at the latest edition of Knowledge Foundations.