Mates in Mind, the charity that focuses on raise awareness and addressing the stigma of poor mental health and improve positive mental wellbeing in the UK construction industry, has appointed James Rudoni as managing director.
The charity which aims to reach 100,000 workers in its first year and by 2025 to have reached 75% of the construction industry is led by the industry in partnership with the Health in Construction Leadership Group and British Safety Council, as well as with other leading organisations and charities such as Mind, Samaritans and Mental Health First Aid England.
Steve Hails, chair of trustees of Mates in Mind, said: “The trustees welcome James Rudoni to the charity as managing director this month and look forward to working with him and the team. We believe James’s experience and insight will be of great value to Mates in Mind as it continues to grow in support of the industry’s recognition of the imperative to address mental health and wellbeing given the higher rates of suicide amongst construction workers and finishing trades.
“Mates in Mind, as a new industry charity, has been a real success over its first year thanks to key people behind it. In this period, our message has reached almost 200,000 workers through our more than 175 supporter and partner organisations. But with the industry employing more than two million, we still have some way to go.”
Rudoni added: “The work that Mates in Mind has done in year one, has been hugely impressive and is already having a significant impact in improving understanding of mental health and wellbeing across the construction Industry. I am delighted to join Mates in Mind at such an exciting time and I am looking forward to working with the trustees and my colleagues, as well as our Mates in Mind Business Champions, partnering organisations and our many supporters across the UK.
“It is clear that this charity has given many in the industry a voice. I look forward to taking our vision forward to ensure that by supporting organisations across the construction sector, we can bring about the change needed to promote the importance of proactive mental health management in the workplace.”