Fresh evidence on the mental health of construction workers

New research from Grosvenor and the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) sheds light on the mental health and wellbeing of construction workers.

High rates of poor mental health and suicide remain a significant issue for the construction sector, with little evidence available on how to address them. Now new research from Grosvenor and the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has shed fresh light on the mental health and wellbeing of construction workers.

Some of the key findings include:

  • Work pressure and job insecurity influence the mental health and wellbeing of construction workers
  • Stigma, confidentiality concerns, language, lack of time and awareness influence the extent to which workers are willing and able to discuss their concerns and seek help
  • The support on offer at work varies considerably, as does awareness of this support amongst construction workers.  

Following a literature review and wide-ranging interviews with suppliers and workers, the research also identifies a number of practical initiatives that could help tackle the problem.

Whilst it is acknowledged that work on mental health is progressing, more needs to be done. 

Grosvenor and BIT are now looking for partners from the construction and property sectors to help further develop, implement and evaluate these ideas over a 12 to 18 month period across a large population of workers.

This next phase of the research will help assess which initiatives are most effective and lay the ground for wider trials and sharing lessons across the industry.

This Grosvenor / BIT project stems from Grosvenor’s involvement in the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) Programme, derived from an initiative by the 6th Duke of Westminster.

For more information, please contact:
James Preston-Hood


About Grosvenor Britain & Ireland

Grosvenor Britain & Ireland creates great places where communities, business and nature thrive. 

In London’s West End, we support 9,000 residents, c1,000 businesses and 50,000 workers every day. We also create and manage sustainable neighbourhoods in London, Liverpool and across the South East of England. 

We are one part of a global, family owned business that has been developing and managing land and property for over 340 years.  Thinking long term allows us to give equal weight to the environmental, social and commercial impact of everything that we do. 

Notes to Editors

About the Behavioural Insights Team:

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is one of the world’s leading behavioural science organisations, working around the world to improve people’s lives.

Through its teams in the UK, France, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, BIT works in partnership with governments, local authorities, businesses and NGOs in over 30 countries, often using simple changes to tackle major policy problems and deliver improved public services and social outcomes.

BIT was established by the UK government in 2010 and in 2014 became an independent social purpose company, owned by the Cabinet Office, innovation charity Nesta, and BIT employees.

For more information on our work and our team visit and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and Medium.

About the Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC):

 The Programme included construction, on the Stanford Hall Estate near Loughborough, of a bespoke 21st century clinical rehabilitation establishment for members of the armed forces.  It involved a large workforce (up to 700 at its zenith) in an unusually complex build against a very tight timetable.  These conditions offered a very fertile research opportunity in terms of mental health, diet, H&S and other fields, some of which was undertaken in conjunction with Loughborough University.  The DNRC Programme also embraces the creation of the first ever NHS specialist clinical rehab facility which should receive its first patients in a new establishment,  built close by on the same site, in 2024 – to be known as the National Rehabilitation Centre or NRC.

Defence National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) and

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