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Mental Health Under Construction

Mental Health Under Construction

By On The Tools

Brought to you by On The Tools, in sponsorship with Toolstation, Mental Health Under Construction is a new mental health podcast for tradespeople, to better understand experiences of mental health in the trade and to help us all campaign for better support. Hosted by mental health ambassador and member of We Are Hummingbird, Ryan Ridgway, in this bi-weekly six-part series a host of fellow trades, mental health experts and celebrities will discuss a diverse range of mental health conditions - from anxiety disorders and depression, to suicide and addiction.
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Tool Theft - Mental Health Under Construction Season 2 Episode 5
Tool Theft - Mental Health Under Construction Season 2 Episode 5
**CONTENT WARNING** Tool Theft is a serious problem for tradespeople. It can affect not only their livelihoods but their mental health too. Our co-hosts Ryan Ridgeway, member of We Are Hummingbird, and Ben Blankley, brickie by trade and mental health advocate, are joined by Brett Bradford, who unfortunately had over £4000 worth of tools stolen whilst working on a job and has since experienced three more thefts.  In this episode, we'll be discussing the issues around tool theft, sharing personal stories about mental health and highlighting the importance of asking for help. If you are affected by any of the issues raised, please see the support networks below:  Samaritans offer a 24-hour a day, seven days a week support- 116 123 (freephone) National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7) NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline - Call free on 111 Papyrus dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 - 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm) or text 07786 209 697. Construction Buddies - https://constructionbuddies.co.uk/ Rainy Day Trust: Rainy Day Trust is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry: https://www.rainydaytrust.org.uk/ Frank:  https://www.talktofrank.com/ Cocaine Anonymous: https://www.cocaineanonymous.org.uk/ Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
34:09
December 02, 2022
Women In The Trade - Mental Health Under Construction Season 2 Episode 4
Women In The Trade - Mental Health Under Construction Season 2 Episode 4
**CONTENT WARNING** In this episode of Mental Health Under Construction, we discuss inequalities encountered by women on-site and celebrates what can be a fantastic career option for many. Our co-hosts Ryan Ridgeway, member of We Are Hummingbird, and Ben Blankley, brickie by trade and mental health advocate, are joined by electrician Kornelia. In this episode, we'll be discussing the difficulties women face when working in the trade, sharing personal stories about mental health and highlighting the importance of asking for help. If you are affected by any of the issues raised, please see support networks below:  Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support- 116 123 (freephone) National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7) NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline - Call free on 111 Papyrus dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 - 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm) or text 07786 209 697. Construction Buddies - https://constructionbuddies.co.uk/ Rainy Day Trust: Rainy Day Trust is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry: https://www.rainydaytrust.org.uk/ Frank:  https://www.talktofrank.com/ Cocaine Anonymous: https://www.cocaineanonymous.org.uk/ Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
26:22
November 25, 2022
Work/Life Balance - Mental Health Under Construction Season 2 Episode 3
Work/Life Balance - Mental Health Under Construction Season 2 Episode 3
How do you manage a work/life balance in the trade? **CONTENT WARNING** In this episode of Mental Health Under Construction, we'll discuss the struggles of maintaining a work/life balance in the trade, which touches upon effects this can have on mental health that some listeners may find distressing.  Our co-hosts Ryan Ridgeway, member of We Are Hummingbird, and Ben Blankley, brickie by trade and mental health advocate, are joined by Carpenter, Alex Burman.  In this episode, we'll be discussing the difficulty of finding a perfect work/life balance in the trade, sharing personal stories about mental health and highlighting the importance of asking for help. If you are affected by any of the issues raised, please see support networks below: Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support- 116 123 (freephone) National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7) NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline - Call free on 111 Papyrus dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 - 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm) or text 07786 209 697. Construction Buddies - https://constructionbuddies.co.uk/ Rainy Day Trust: Rainy Day Trust is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry: https://www.rainydaytrust.org.uk/ Frank:  https://www.talktofrank.com/ Cocaine Anonymous: https://www.cocaineanonymous.org.uk/ Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
33:40
November 11, 2022
Mental Health Stigma - Mental Health Under Construction: Series 2 Episode 2
Mental Health Stigma - Mental Health Under Construction: Series 2 Episode 2
**CONTENT WARNING** In this episode of Mental Health Under Construction, we'll discuss the stigma around mental health and substance abuse which may be distressing for some listeners.  Our co-hosts Ryan Ridgeway, member of We Are Hummingbird, and Ben Blankley, brickie by trade and mental health advocate, are joined by builder David Finnegan.  In this episode, we'll be discussing the stigma around mental health in the trade, sharing personal stories about mental health and highlighting the importance of asking for help.  If you are affected by any of the issues raised, please see support networks below: Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support- 116 123 (freephone) National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7) NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline - Call free on 111 Papyrus dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 - 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm) or text 07786 209 697. Construction Buddies - https://constructionbuddies.co.uk/ Rainy Day Trust: Rainy Day Trust is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry: https://www.rainydaytrust.org.uk/ Frank:  https://www.talktofrank.com/ Cocaine Anonymous: https://www.cocaineanonymous.org.uk/ Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
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October 28, 2022
 Cost of Living - Mental Health Under Construction Series 2: Episode 1
Cost of Living - Mental Health Under Construction Series 2: Episode 1
**CONTENT WARNING** In this episode of Mental Health Under Construction, we'll discuss the Cost of Living Crisis, which contains themes of mental health and money worries, this may be distressing for some listeners.  Our co-hosts Ryan Ridgeway, member of We Are Hummingbird, and Ben Blankley, brickie by trade and mental health advocate, will be joined by Jayson Fairbairn, a plumber of 17 years and teacher.  In this episode, we'll be delving into their personal journeys, how the cost of living crisis is affecting them, discussing how this can have a detrimental effect on not only tradie's livelihoods but their mental health and advising where to seek help.  If you are affected by any of the issues raised, please see support networks below: Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support- 116 123 (freephone) National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7) NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline - Call free on 111 Papyrus dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 - 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm) or text 07786 209 697. Construction Buddies - https://constructionbuddies.co.uk/ Turn2US: Turn2us helps people in financial need gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help – online, by phone and face to face through our partner organisations: https://www.turn2us.org.uk/ Rainy Day Trust: Rainy Day Trust is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry: https://www.rainydaytrust.org.uk/
38:29
October 14, 2022
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 6
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 6
**CONTENT WARNING** This episode may be distressing for some listeners. In the sixth and final episode in this season of Mental Health Under Construction, presenter Ryan Ridgway, Paul Merson, former English professional footballer and tradie Lee, will be sharing their own personal experiences with mental health.If you have been affected by addiction, there are dedicated services available. See below; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 0800 9177 650 help@aamail.org (email helpline) alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk Help and support for anyone with alcohol problems. Beating Addictions beatingaddictions.co.uk Information about a range of addictive behaviours and treatments. Cocaine Anonymous UK 0800 612 0225 helpline@cauk.org.uk cauk.org.uk Help and support for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine. DrugWise drugwise.org.uk Information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. FRANK 0300 123 6600 talktofrank.com Confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law. Gamblers Anonymous gamblersanonymous.org.uk Support groups for people who want to stop gambling. Hub of Hope https://hubofhope.co.uk/ A national mental health database, bringing help and support together in one place. Marijuana Anonymous 0300 124 0373 helpline@marijuana-anonymous.org.uk marijuana-anonymous.co.uk Help for anyone worried about cannabis use. National Association for Children of Alcoholics 0800 358 3456 helpline@nacoa.org.uk nacoa.org.uk Provides information, advice and support for anyone affected by a parent's drinking, including adults. NHS Live Well nhs.uk/livewell Advice, tips and tools to help with health and wellbeing. (edited) hubofhope.co.uk Hub of Hope - Mental Health Support Network provided by Chasing the Stigma Chasing the Stigma (CTS) has launched the Hub of Hope - a national mental health database, bringing help and support together in one place, with a focus on grassroots organisations.
01:18:29
May 16, 2022
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 5 : Addiction
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 5 : Addiction
**CONTENT WARNING** In the fifth episode of Mental Health Under Construction, we’ll be discussing addiction and this episode may be distressing for some listeners. Hosted by Ryan Ridgway, member of We Are Hummingbird, this week we’ll be chatting to Ollie Ollerton, former UK Special Forces Soldier and bricklayer Ben. We’ll be delving into their own personal journeys, discussing toxic masculinity and where and how to seek help.If you have been affected by addiction, there are dedicated services available. See below; Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) 0800 9177 650 help@aamail.org (email helpline) alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk Help and support for anyone with alcohol problems. Beating Addictions beatingaddictions.co.uk Information about a range of addictive behaviours and treatments. Cocaine Anonymous UK 0800 612 0225 helpline@cauk.org.uk cauk.org.uk Help and support for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine. DrugWise drugwise.org.uk Information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco. FRANK 0300 123 6600 talktofrank.com Confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law. Gamblers Anonymous gamblersanonymous.org.uk Support groups for people who want to stop gambling. Marijuana Anonymous 0300 124 0373 helpline@marijuana-anonymous.org.uk marijuana-anonymous.co.uk Help for anyone worried about cannabis use. National Association for Children of Alcoholics 0800 358 3456 helpline@nacoa.org.uk nacoa.org.uk Provides information, advice and support for anyone affected by a parent's drinking, including adults. NHS Live Well nhs.uk/livewell
01:30:10
May 02, 2022
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 4: Trauma and Loss
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 4: Trauma and Loss
**CONTENT WARNING** In the fourth episode of Mental Health Under Construction, we’ll be discussing trauma and loss. Physical injury is a topic discussed and this episode may be distressing for some listeners. Hosted by Ryan Ridgway, member of We Are Hummingbird, this week we’ll be chatting to Untangle Grief Founder, Emily Cummin, and tradesperson Mat, to better understand the distinction between trauma and loss, what is being done to support people in the construction industry, where to get help and much more.If you have been affected by trauma and loss, there are dedicated services available. See below: ASSIST Trauma Care - assisttraumacare.org.uk / 01788 551919 *Information and specialist help for people who've experienced trauma or are supporting someone who has. Birth Trauma Association - birthtraumaassociation.org.uk / 01264 860380 *Support for anyone affected by birth trauma, including partners. Freedom from Torture - freedomfromtorture.org *Supports survivors of torture. Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse (HAVOCA) - havoca.org *Information and support for adults who have experienced any type of childhood abuse, run by survivors. Lifecentre - lifecentre.uk.com / 0808 802 0808 (freephone) or 07717 989 022 (textline) *Support for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, and anyone supporting them. Includes a helpline, text support and email counselling. PTSD Resolution - ptsdresolution.org / 0300 302 0551 * Helps veterans, reservists and their families with trauma and distress. Untangled Grief - https://untanglegrief.com/ / emily@untanglegrief.com *Bereavement support group, helping families rebuild life after loss. The Survivors Trust - thesurvivorstrust.org / 0808 8010 818 *Lists local specialist services for survivors of sexual violence, including advocates and Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs). Victim Support - victimsupport.org.uk / 0808 168 9111 *Provides emotional and practical support for people affected by crime and traumatic events.
01:06:14
April 18, 2022
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 3: Suicide
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 3: Suicide
**CONTENT WARNING** In this episode of Mental Health Under Construction, we’ll be discussing suicide and this discussion may be distressing for some listeners. This week we talk with Mental Health Campaigners Neil Laybourn and Jonny Benjamin, as well as Mike Turlin, who has worked in the construction industry for over 15 years and founded Construction Buddies to raise awareness for mental health. Mike talks about his personal experiences, suicide stigma and how we can better support those in the construction industry. If you’re in crisis and need support right now, there are many helplines staffed by trained people ready to listen. See below: Samaritans offer a 24-hours a day, 7 days a week support- 116 123 (freephone) National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK - 0800 689 5652 (open 24/7) NHS Choices: 24-hour national helpline - Call free on 111 Papyrus dedicated service for people up to the age of 35 - 0800 068 4141 (weekdays 10am-10pm, weekends 2pm-10pm and bank holidays 2pm–10pm) or text 07786 209 697. Construction Buddies - https://constructionbuddies.co.uk/
54:27
April 04, 2022
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 2: Depression
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 2: Depression
In this second episode, we talk openly and honestly about depression from both an industry and professional perspective. We not only question stigmatisation of depression, but we also look at ways tradespeople can be better supported - whether that's professionally, at work or having more conversations about mental health.
01:10:09
March 21, 2022
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 1: Anxiety
Mental Health Under Construction | Episode 1: Anxiety
In the first episode of Mental Health Under Construction, Head Therapist India Haylor and tradesperson Paddy sit down with our host, Ryan Ridgway, to discuss the effects of anxiety disorder within the construction industry and the wider world. It is believed that 1 in 3 construction workers suffer with anxiety. Today, we discuss this issue from both an industry and professional perspective, with the aim of understanding how we can make a positive difference, both for ourselves and those around us.
01:20:14
March 07, 2022