IBI Group Unites Industry to Tackle Mental Health in Construction
IBI Group’s Construction Cup charity football tournament has raised £8050 for Mates in Mind, a programme focused on improving and promoting mental health in the workplace.
On 13 September, the global design and technology firm united forty construction-related companies to play in its annual five-a-side event hosted in Shoreditch, central London.
Following a fun and captivating afternoon of knock-out matches, multinational professional services firm, Arup, was crowned champion alongside runner-up, construction cost consultant, Core Five.
Alongside the football, the event also provided a platform to raise awareness of mental health in the construction industry, where suicide is more than three times higher than the national average.
Earlier in the year, IBI Group and Mates in Mind launched their #MentalHealthUnited campaign, which aimed to inspire the construction industry to break the silence and create environments that can positively impact mental wellbeing. The campaign culminated in a seminar entitled ‘Mental Heath & the Evolving Workplace’, which included influential speakers who provided insight into mental health from a personal, place and policy perspective.
Tony Burley, IBI Group Regional Director, UK & Ireland, said: “At IBI Group, we believe it is important to give back, but also raise awareness of big issues. Positive mental health takes team work, meaning it can’t be addressed in isolation. As specialist mental health designers, we believe the workplace environment plays an extremely important role in the holistic approach to mental wellbeing. Combined with the training and guidance provided by charities, such as Mates in Mind, we envision there is a real opportunity to drive change.”
James Rudoni, Mates in Mind Managing Director, said: “Fundraising events such as the highly successful Construction Cup truly help to focus attention on the fundamental work of charities, such as Mates in Mind. The proceeds and awareness raised by the event enable our charity to continue to drive long-lasting change across UK workplaces, improving the mental health of workforces, and enabling organisations to support their people.”
IBI Group has organised the Construction Cup since 2011. During this time, it has encouraged equality by uniting male and female players from across the construction industry in raising over £43,000 for good causes.
To find out more about the IBI Group Construction Cup and Mates in Mind, please visit: www.constructioncup.co.uk
About IBI Group
IBI Group Inc. (TSX: IBG) is a globally integrated architecture, planning, engineering, and technology firm with over 2,600 professionals around the world. For more than 40 years, its dedicated professionals have helped clients create liveable, sustainable, and advanced urban environments. IBI Group believes that cities must be designed with intelligent systems, sustainable buildings, efficient infrastructure, and a human touch. Follow us on Twitter @ibigroup and Instagram @ibi_group, and check out our TH!NK blog.
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