As a business we are supporting the Mental Health Foundations World Mental Health week (13 – 19 May 2019) which is targeting body dysmorphic disorder, which in our campaign we have extended to cover suicide.
Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
BDD is a mental health condition where a person spends a lot of time worrying about flaws in their appearance (Flaws that are often unnoticeable to others).
People of any age can have BDD, but it is most common in teenagers and young adults. It affects both men and women. BDD can seriously affect a person’s daily life, including their work, relationships and social life and can lead to depression, self-harm and even thoughts of suicide. A person with BDD could have the following symptoms:
Worrying a lot about a specific area of their body (particularly the face).
Spending a lot of time comparing their looks with other people’s.
Looking at themselves in the mirror a lot or avoid mirrors altogether.
Going to a lot of effort to conceal flaws i.e. spending a long time combing their hair, applying make-up or choosing clothes.
Picking at their skin to make it “smooth”.
Getting Help: If you or a member of your family has BDD speak to your GP who can provide you with guidance and advice.
Remember: Any employee who is experiencing mental health issues can contact the following anonymously for guidance and advice: Canada Life on 0800 917 9330 (Carnell only); or ‘Mind’ on 0300 123 3893.
In 2017 there were 5,821 suicides in the UK. Two men from the construction sector take their own life each day. Men are three times more likely to take their own life than women with the highest suicide rate being men aged between 45 and 49.
Getting Help: When someone talks about harming themselves or suicide, they’re usually saying ‘I’m not coping right now,’ or ‘I need some help’, and they only want to harm themselves to stop or release the unbearable pain they’re experiencing.
If you are worried about somebody don’t be afraid to ask them how they are but be prepared for them to say ‘fine’ or ‘good thanks’. But if you feel concerned follow their answer up with ‘No, how are you really’? As this can help the person to start to talk to you about how they feel. You can also point the person in the direction of the following organizations:
The Samaritans can be contacted free of charge 24/7/365 on 116 123. If a person prefers to write about their feelings they can send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org who will get back to them within 24 hours.
Those with financial or wellbeing worries can contact the Construction Industry Helpline 24/7/365 on 0345 605 1956 or Canada Life on 0800 917 9330 (Carnell only) who will be able to provide guidance and assistance.
As part of our campaign we have issued the following documents for your information: