The Big Brew 

Register to host your own Big Brew here

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:

  • An estimated two UK Construction sector workers die by suicide every day
  • UK Construction sector workers are nearly three times as likely to die by suicide than their counterparts in other industries
  • In the UK alone, 400,000 working days were lost to mental health issues in 2018 (55% of all days lost)
  • Mental health issues are responsible for approximately a £37 billion cost to the UK construction industry every year
  • 90% of construction managers admit they have struggled with their mental health

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.

End the stigma, over a brew

Want to support the Big Brew? Here's what you can do to get involved...

Resources

Download our Big Brew resources to help with your event. If you require print ready artwork please contact tanyajones@bandofbuilders.org

Poster                               Support Cards

Flyer                                 Fundraising Guide

Banner Stand                 Bunting Pack

 

 

Events

Support us by holding a Big Brew event.

Register to host your own Big Brew here

Support us by visiting a Big Brew near you.

Find your nearest one here

 

Social Media

Support our campaign online and help us spread the word. See how you can get involved under our social media guidance below.

Merchandise

We've made it easy to host your event with our Big Brew in a box. Order yours here.

Donate

Donate directly to The Big Brew campaign by visiting our fundraising platform HERE.

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

Helplines

There are a range of helplines you can call for support.

Before calling a helpline, you might want to consider:

  • What times are they open?
  • Is it free to call or is there a cost involved?
  • Is what you say confidential? For example, many services have policies on what to do if someone says they have attempted suicide or are actively planning to.
  • What will you do if the line is busy? It's often worth trying several times, or you might plan to call back later or try a different service.

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:

  • Some organisations are required to make reasonable adjustments for people with disabilities, which could include providing other forms of communication.
  • If you have difficulty hearing or speaking, it might help to use the Next Generation Text Service (NGTS) Typetalk/Text Relay app on a mobile device or computer.
  • If you need a translator or British Sign Language (BSL) interpreter, you could ask the organisation if they provide a translation service and if it costs anything to use.