There is a silent global pandemic affecting workers in the energy industry – mental health.
Recent studies of onshore and offshore workers reveal the severity of the challenge:
· 40% experienced suicidal thoughts some or all the time while on duty.
· Nearly a third met the benchmark for clinical depression while on rotation and more than a third experienced a worse quality of sleep.
· Offshore workers are 15 times more likely to commit suicide than those onshore.
· One third of 18-24 year olds believe their employers do not take mental health as seriously as physical health.
IADC Mental Health Charter
A joined-up cultural shift from the top down is essential to effectively address this issue. An inclusive industry mental health charter to establish commitment, lay out the fundamentals for care provision, define necessary training and build on existing tools is an important first step.
To help set the agenda, and hear from voices from across the industry, join us for a special breakfast meeting to launch the charter on Tuesday 25th April at The Chester Hotel in Aberdeen. To register for your place visit www.mentalhealthinenergy.com.