A Big Brew event offers tradespeople a safe place to come together and have a chat. Our aim is to encourage conversations, connections and relationships among mates.
We want to make people comfortable discussing issues around mental health and raise awareness of available support services.
This campaign was prompted by the shocking figures around mental health in the construction industry:
As part of the campaign BoB aims to fund or provide a new range of mental health support services aimed at members of the UK construction industry and focused on supply chain companies, small businesses and the self-employed who were recently discovered to be at higher risk than those working in larger organisations.
Starting in the first two weeks of October 2021 the campaign will continue throughout the year but we are encouraging every sector within the construction industry, from merchants to small businesses, to host their own Big Brew and get the trade talking.
You can register to host your own Big Brew here
There are a range of helplines you can call for support.
Before calling a helpline, you might want to consider:
You might be able to find this information on the organisation's website, or you could ask the advisor to explain their policies during the call.
Samaritans: To talk about anything that may be upsetting you can contact Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
116 123 (free from any phone) 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
SANEline: If you're experiencing a mental health problem or supporting someone else, you can call SANEline on
0300 304 7000 4.30pm–10.30pm every day
CALM: If you identify as male you can contact CALM who are there to support men with suicidal thoughts.
0800 58 58 58 5.00pm - midnight every day.
MIND: is available to discuss all aspects of mental health.
0300 123 3393 Weekdays 9am to 6pm.
As well as phone numbers to call, some organisations routinely offer support in other ways such as via emails, text messages or web chat: