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Jennifer Hardman

Jennifer Hardman

Marketing Manager, GGT LTD

Throughout my career with a background as a business development and leadership I have witnessed multiple instances of mental health challenges within the business world and have seen firsthand the transformative power of adopting a positive strategy. These experiences have fueled my passion for mental health advocacy. Recognizing the impact of mental well-being on individuals' lives and professional success, I am dedicated to integrating mental health initiatives into the fabric of GGT LTD. By leveraging my expertise in marketing and my background, I strive to create a supportive and empowering environment. Collaborating with employees, industry partners, and mental health professionals, I work towards breaking down the barriers and destigmatizing mental health. My goal is to inspire change by developing impactful campaigns and programs that promote awareness, education, and support within and beyond the construction industry. With a firm belief in the benefits of prioritizing mental health, I am committed to fostering a positive work environment where individuals can thrive. By combining my marketing skills with my firsthand knowledge of business challenges and mental health issues, I aim to contribute to the well-being and success of individuals while driving positive transformation in the construction industry.

Statement:

Importance of Building a Supportive and Open Culture around Mental Health in the Construction Industry Building a supportive and open culture around mental health is crucial in the construction industry. The nature of this industry often involves high levels of stress, demanding deadlines, and challenging working conditions, which can contribute to mental health challenges among workers. By fostering a culture where individuals feel comfortable seeking help, discussing their challenges, and accessing support systems, we can create an environment that promotes well-being and ensures the overall success and productivity of the industry. A supportive culture around mental health not only benefits individuals but also enhances productivity and performance within the construction industry. When employees feel valued, supported, and understood, they are more likely to be engaged and motivated in their work. Conversely, ignoring or stigmatizing mental health concerns can lead to decreased productivity, increased absenteeism, and higher staff turnover. Prioritizing mental health through education and awareness, implementing support systems, and promoting open communication can help create a positive work environment that attracts and retains top talent. Collaboration between employers, employees, unions, and industry associations is vital in driving this cultural shift and ensuring that mental health support becomes an integral part of the construction industry's fabric.