So, here are some sobering thoughts. Construction has the highest incidence of mental health issues of any industry.

Construction is a great industry to work in: the outdoor life; the satisfaction of making something; the teamwork and camaraderie.

So, here are some sobering thoughts. Construction has the highest incidence of mental health issues of any industry. Suicide kills far more construction workers than falls. Every day, two construction workers take their own lives. Why? There are probably multiple reasons. We are living and working longer. The proportion of the construction workforce aged 55 to 65 continues to grow. Maybe it’s because construction is a male-dominated, some might say ‘macho’, industry?

Whatever the causes, you can be part of the solution. It’s simple: be a better colleague, be a better friend. If you think one of your workmates is struggling – silly errors, loss of concentration, quieter than usual – just ask if you can help in any way.

If you personally are permanently tired, feeling anxious or depressed, running on auto-pilot, speak to someone: your partner, a good mate, your GP. A problem shared is well on the way to being a problem halved.

There are several websites that can help too:

www.thecalmzone.net and www.matesinmind.org

At W M Donald we want everyone to feel it is OK to be open and honest about their health and mental wellbeing. We appreciate this won’t happen overnight.

If you want to talk in confidence about a problem contact me on 07989 352487 or by email at eilidh.cameron@wmdonald.co.uk.