Constructing mental wellbeing…

Event information

Thursday 3 October, 8.00 - 11.00 am


…addressing mental health in the real estate and construction sectors.



The statistics are clear, the UK construction industry has a mental health issue…

  • 48% of workers have taken time off work because of stress and mental health issues (Construction News’ Mind Matters 2019 survey)
  • 58% of the workforce feels that the industry has become more stressful over the last 15 years (CIOB)
  • 18% of reported work-related illnesses are a result of mental health problems (HSE)
  • Deaths from suicide are approximately ten times higher than deaths from injury (HSE)

This seminar will explore the wide-reaching issue and how it can be addressed.


Introduction: Catrin Rees, Senior Associate, Construction Law – Collyer Bristow

Joscelyne Shaw, Director of Strategy – Mates in Mind, will be addressing the impact of mental ill-health on employers and will explore how the challenge can be tackled by organisations developing cultures of positive wellbeing. Joscelyne will discuss how Mates in Mind enables employers to develop a joined-up approach, supporting them to have the skills, clarity and confidence to improve the mental health of their workforce. Joscelyne will be joined by Russell Stilwell, MD of RSE Building Services – a Mates in Mind ‘Champion’.

Dougie Guildford, Regional Head of Health & Safety – Willmott Dixon, will be ‘addressing the elephant in the room’ and sharing his own experiences of poor mental fitness and discussing the need for a culture of self-care and for organisations to provide a safe place to talk openly about the issues. He will also be discussing the introduction of Willmott Dixon’s ‘All Safe Minds’ initiative to their business units and the emphasis placed on the importance of good mental fitness and wellbeing for their people and supply chain alike.

Tania Goodman, Partner and head of Employment Law – Collyer Bristow, will give an overview of the legal and practical issues and responsibilities of managing mental health at work.

Zak Garner-Purkis, Head of Content – Construction News, will be discussing their ‘Mind Matters’ campaign and then chairing a panel discussion featuring all our speakers.

Who should attend?

This seminar will be of interest to anyone within the industry with responsibility for the welfare and wellness of employees including business owners, senior management and HR and health & safety professionals.

If you are interested in joining us for this event, please register below. If you have any queries, contact

Event speakers

Catrin Rees

Catrin Rees

Collyer Bristow

Senior Associate

Real estate

Tania Goodman

Tania Goodman

Collyer Bristow

Partner - Head of Employment

Business & Dispute resolution