17th May 2023

Katy’s Story: Mental Health Awareness Week 2023

Graduate Engineer, Katy Hodgson opens up to talk about anxiety, which is the theme of this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week.

In support of Mental Health Awareness Week 2023, Katy shares her personal story and experiences around Mental Health in the workplace.

Anxiety has affected Katy’s life for as long as she can remember, especially during challenging times. Prior to joining Sir Robert McAlpine, Katy faced a difficult and emotional period when her father was diagnosed with terminal cancer. This news coincided with the start of Katy’s new career with Sir Robert McAlpine. Besides, after being surrounded by women her whole life, entering a male-dominated industry and not knowing how her new colleagues would perceive her saw her anxiety levels peak.  

Fortunately, Katy’s colleagues have played a crucial role in her journey, and she is “lucky enough” to have an amazing support system both inside and outside of work. Here at Sir Robert McAlpine, we encourage colleagues to initiate conversations around mental health, making it easier for individuals to seek support. By fostering an environment of understanding, we can build a supportive culture that benefits and supports everyone. 

I’ve been so lucky with the support I’ve received from my colleagues. They are always there to reassure me when I need it and will be the first to point out if I’m taking on too much.  

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I’ve been so lucky with the support I’ve received from my colleagues. They are always there to reassure me when I need it and will be the first to point out if I’m taking on too much.  

So much support is available within Sir Robert McAlpine. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a great tool available to all staff. It has so many different benefits and there’s something to help any situation. I’ve also found the affinity networks to be a great place to find support from people who are in a similar situation

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We are proud to offer various support systems for our people who may have mental health concerns. Our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides a range of resources and benefits to all of our people, including professional advice. Our trained team of mental health first aiders are also on hand to provide support. Additionally, the affinity networks within Sir Robert McAlpine serve as safe space for individuals facing similar situations, fostering a sense of community and understanding.  

Addressing mental health concerns can be challenging, and seeking help is a crucial step. Overcoming this hurdle requires courage, but the support and guidance received are invaluable. “Dealing with anxiety is hard enough but doing it alone makes it even harder. Asking for help will take off a lot of pressure and you’ll thank yourself for it.” 

Katy is also a huge advocate for spending time outside “whether you take a short walk or just sit outside for some fresh air, it can act as a little reset and help to get your mind back where it functions best.” 

As Mental Health Awareness Week unfolds, let us come together to embrace mental health and break the stigma surrounding anxiety. By sharing personal experiences, debunking misconceptions, and promoting support, we can create an environment where everyone feels safe, supported, and empowered to prioritise their well-being. 

If you are experiencing poor mental health, please reach out to someone. Remember that mental health challenges are not a sign of weakness, and there is no shame in asking for help.  

One bad day doesn’t make a bad week, so always keep going.

Katy Hodgson. Graduate Engineer

Follow Katy’s journey over on her Instagram page @katy_does_construction and stay tuned for more inspirational content!

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