Yorks construction company champions mental health awareness

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Yorks construction company champions mental health awareness

A Yorkshire construction services business is backing a campaign to raise awareness of mental health issues within the industry.

South Elmsall-based Harris is supporting the ‘Mindful Employer’ initiative which is being run by Leeds Citizens – an alliance of civil society organisations working together for the common good of Leeds.

The firm has signed up to the ‘Charter for Employers who are Positive about Mental Health.’

To mark the occasion, representatives from Harris met with members of Leeds Citizens this month, who were given a tour of one of the firm’s current projects at 7 Park Row in Leeds.

Harris is responsible for the £7 million refurbishment of the former regional head office of Lloyd’s Bank to create nine storyes of Grade A office space.

Harris MD Danny Mulqueen said: “After years of neglect, mental health is now being recognised by central government as a major area for concern when promoting a safe and healthy workforce.

“We believe that it’s only by fully recognising this problem, that we can put into place the measures required to both safeguard our team, and improve our productivity.”

Liz Monaghan, Leader from Leeds Citizens, added: “We are delighted that Harris is committing to supporting the mental health of their employees through signing the Mindful Employer Charter and look forward to continuing the conversation with them about how they can play a leading role on this issue in the construction sector.”

To date, Leeds Citizens has raised over £65,000 for community causes.