The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity’s free Helpline App has now been upgraded with ‘Sleepstation’, an NHS approved service aimed at improving support with insomnia and poor sleep health. The confidential and clinically proven support is being provided completely free of charge by the charity and is in response to callers to the charity’s 24/7 helpline reporting difficulties with sleeping due to emotional, financial or other physical wellbeing issues.
Whilst most of the restrictions relating to Covid-19 have been lifted, many are still struggling with transitioning back to ‘normality’ or dealing with major life changes as a result. This in turn can impact on a good sleep pattern and so the addition of this extra help offers yet another lifeline to those that need it.
A good night’s sleep helps us deal with stress, improves resilience and optimises our immune system but with a fifth of all work related illness in construction due to stress, anxiety and depression, it is unsurprising that many are struggling.
Sleepstation is a clinically validated sleep improvement programme which looks at all the underlying reasons why people aren’t sleeping. Known as cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBTi) this approach has been proven to combat even the most severe insomnia and shown to be far superior to pharmaceutical interventions in both short and long-term management of sleep issues in adults of all ages.
Dedicated support teams deliver a holistic plan dependant on the issues identified and sleep issues can be improved significantly with just four sessions.
What Sleepstation offers:
- An understanding of what is normal and what constitutes sleep deprivation
- A personal sleep assessment and expert analysis
- Confidential advice and reports
- Support from an expert team who offer personal advice.
Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said:
I am absolutely delighted that we can now offer this invaluable service completely free of charge to our construction community. Simply by accessing our Helpline app, users can avoid lengthy waiting times and access the highest level of support without a GP referral.
If someone is being affected by physical, financial or physical wellbeing issues, this too is likely to impact on their sleep, which means they are less likely to be able to cope, and the problem quickly spirals out of control. And as well as affecting mental wellbeing, for our construction workforce who often work with heavy machinery and plant, feeling fatigued could easily result in a serious or fatal accident on site.
The addition of Sleepstation is yet another step in helping us achieve our mission that no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis
This latest addition to the Helpline App complements the huge variety of wellbeing support and guidance already available, as well as self- assessment tools, coping strategies and referral pathways to access expert advice and support. A built in geolocator means that users can be signposted to support services local to where they live as well as national help centres.
Key support areas of the helpline app include:
Mental Wellbeing; covering anxiety, depression, anger, suicidal thoughts, sleep and building resilience
Physical Wellbeing; covering aches and pains, nutrition, weight management cancer, alcohol and drug addiction.
Financial Wellbeing; covering budgeting, debt management, tax and legal advice, retirement planning and emergency financial aid.
The free Construction Industry Helpline mobile App for Android and iOS is available to download now.