Energy Voice article – The Human Cost of Covid and Commodity Price Crash
Mental health awareness has had an increasing profile in the energy sector over recent years. Perhaps now, more than ever, maintaining good mental health is particularly challenging, with fears of redundancy, furloughing and family ill-health all posing a potential distraction from safe operations.
Thousands of people have lost their jobs in the UK oil industry in the last few months.
An oil worker who helped oversee construction of BP’s Clair Ridge and Equinor’s giant Aasta Hansteen installation is now building up a new mental health platform for the industry.
The North Sea offshore oil and gas industry isn’t immune from the effects of COVID-19, which are wide reaching and present significant challenges.
The North Sea's oil chaplain detects an “upswing” on mental health awareness offshore, but morale tends to be improved on installations with two-week rotas.
The UK boss of CNOOC International has said the “Gung-Ho” days of the North Sea are finished amid a need to focus on mental health.
The cost of ignoring mental health issues in the workplace is too steep to ignore.
Mental health is a “massive issue” that’s close to Bernard Looney’s heart and one that he feels a “great responsibility” to talk about.
“You will never hear of someone stopping the job because of their mental health,” says Steve Beedie, a wellbeing campaigner for the offshore industry.
The mental health of employees is worth looking after on a human level, but also on a financial one.
A former soldier is putting on an event this week to help address high levels of mental health “burnouts” in Aberdeen’s oil and gas industry.
One in four people in the UK will experience a diagnosable mental health problem in their lives, according to leading mental health charity, Mind.
About a third of claims for medical or sickness benefits are related to mental health issues, often resulting from stress.
An oil and gas worker who tried to take his own life is urging the industry to speak out about issues around mental health.
Mental health encompasses our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing.
A trade body has made a £350,000 funding pledge to raise awareness of mental health issues in the UK’s engineering construction sector.
As human beings, we are all individuals and we all have pressures put upon us; we all have our own mechanisms for coping with those pressures but when those mechanisms are exceeded, we are stressed. There is no such thing as good stress.
A former soldier who developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has said the offshore sector needs to have the “guts” to talk about mental health.
The oil and gas sector shouldn’t be quick to draw a link between mental health issues and offshore rotas, an industry employment expert has said.
The UK’s nuclear energy sector has joined a global effort to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Week.
A mental health expert has warned the downturn in the oil and gas industry could lead to more accidents offshore.
Oil and gas workers should ditch the "macho man" stereotype and open up about mental health, according to a leading therapist.
Offshore workers' mental health is being affected by the downturn in the oil industry to the point where there is an increased suicide risk according to the boss of an offshore healthcare provider.
Mental health support services are urging oil workers affected by the crisis are being urged not to bottle up their concerns until they reach breaking point.