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Architects mental-health support network launched

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The Architects Benevolent Society (ABS), with the support of the RIBA, is launching a support network for architects suffering from mental health problems 

The service will offer a range of services, including one-to-one therapy, a helpline, email services providing emotional support, self-help materials and annual membership to mental-health charity Anxiety UK.

It will be available to anyone in the architectural profession who has worked full-time in the UK for at least a year. 

Earlier this month, the AJ published its 2017 Life in Practice survey results, revealing that mental health is the biggest single worry for respondents aged under 30, with 38 per cent saying it was their largest workplace concern.

The support service was developed by the ABS in partnership with Anxiety UK and in consultation with the RIBA, the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and the Landscape Institute.

ABS president Angela Brady said the service would ‘give real help to the many people in our wider profession experiencing mental health difficulties’, and add ‘to the financial assistance, advice and other practical support the society already provides’.

Meanwhile RIBA president Jane Duncan urged architects battling with mental health problems to seek help using the new support service.

‘If you are suffering, it’s important to know you are not alone,’ she said. ‘I urge anyone struggling with mental health problems to seek help, for example through, this new ABS partnership with Anxiety UK.’

ABS will officially launch the support service at an event on 8 May at Portland Place, where the RIBA will also talk about how it plans to raise awareness of mental health problems within the profession and how architects can access help. 

The ABS, established in 1850, is a charity which helps those in the architectural profession and their families in times of need.

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To find out more about the support services offered, email help@absnet.org.uk or call 020 7580 2823

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  • As a Trustee of the Architects Benevolent Society, I am grateful to the Architects Journal for promoting this event and for the collaboration of the RIBA and the other professional bodies which represent architectural assistants, technologists and landscape architects in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. For more information about how the charity supports the profession and their dependents - do look at the website www.absnet.org.uk

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  • I have suffered first hand from mental health problems. Maybe if this service was available last year I wouldn't have been sectioned for delusional psychosis. Working on a short film at the moment about my experience: www.memorythefilm.com and in the process of rebuilding my business: www.design4d.co.uk

    Congratulations on investing in this important subject.

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