Lighthouse Charity Lights up Wellbeing Learning  

THE FIRST YEAR since the launch of the Lighthouse Charity’s Wellbeing Academy is being celebrated by the unveiling of more new and exciting courses to support everyone in the industry.

The academy offers training including eLearning, Lighthouse Wellbeing Exclusives, MHFA accredited training, and bespoke support for wellbeing champions and mental health first aiders.

Wellbeing Learning

In 2023 the academy introduced self-paced eLearning to respond to the needs of a diverse and transient workforce, offering complete flexibility around hectic work and home lives. These have been so successful that the training has now been augmented dependant on individual needs. As well as new courses being added throughout the year, three levels of ‘bronze, silver and gold’ learning are now available.

Bronze introduces each subject, the key topic areas and an understanding of the language used at the next level. Silver presents scenarios where learners need to demonstrate their understanding through application of the skills learned so far. Lastly, gold uses case studies to illustrate real life situations and challenges.

New modules to support the financial challenges experienced by many of the industry’s workforce have also been added. They include the topics of borrowing, controlling credit and tackling debt.

The academy also offers free ‘Lighthouse Wellbeing Exclusives’. These are aimed at empowering individuals, teams and leaders with new knowledge and skills across several topics of emotional and physical wellbeing.

Suicide Awareness Training

Suicide Awareness training is just one of these. The course is designed to give people the confidence to start a conversation and help them identify the signs that somebody is experiencing suicidal thoughts. The tutor-led, online course is in high demand with 341 people taking part in 2023. The numbers reflect the industry’s desire to raise awareness and understanding of this difficult and highly sensitive subject.


New wellbeing exclusive courses for 2024 include Menopause Awareness and Menopause for Management. These explain how to support someone experiencing menopause from a workplace perspective, either as an employee or as an employer.

Support for Supporters

The academy is constantly evolving to reflect the needs of the industry. New for 2024, is a 6-week course to support the industry’s 12,000 wellbeing champions and mental health first aiders.

The training supports those that bear the emotional weight of the workforce. It ensures that they can manage their own wellbeing whilst providing continued support to others.

Chief Operating Officer Sarah Bolton said, “The training on offer supports every person in our industry. So, whether you’re a self-employed tradesperson, site operative, project manager or office-based professional, there is something for everyone. To support a positive wellbeing culture in our industry, it’s critical that we proactively develop our workforce and equip them with the tools and soft skills to negotiate the challenges of everyday life and working in what can be a very stressful environment.

“Improving our workforce wellbeing is a collective responsibility and we hope that our learners will in turn, inspire others to deliver cultural change within the industry. “

Wellbeing Academy Courses

eLearning: Banter vs bullying, building resilience, improving relationships, managing stress, mindfulness, neurodiversity, resolving conflict, self-care, taking control: drugs and alcohol, understanding anxiety, work-life balance, borrowing, controlling credit, and tackling debt.
Lighthouse Wellbeing Exclusives: Menopause (General Awareness), Menopause (Management and Leadership), Managing Mental Health in the Workplace, Suicide Awareness, Taking Control: Drugs & Alcohol, Start Meditating, Wellbeing Wednesday.
MHFA Accredited: Mental Health Awareness; Mental Health First Aider; Mental Health First Aider Refresher.
MHFA Wellbeing Support Wellbeing for Mental Health First Aiders

For more information about the courses available visit the Wellbeing Academy.

If you or anyone you know is struggling, reach out for free and confidential support now.

24/7 Construction Industry Helplines:
0345 605 1956 (UK), 1800 939 122 (ROI)

Live chat: lighthouseclub.org; constructionindustryhelpline.com;  makeitvisible.info

Text HARDHAT to 85258 (UK) 50808 (ROI)

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