Paying attention to mental health in the workplace has never been more important. According to research by registered charity Mind, one in four people experience a mental health problem each year. This staggering statistic shows that mental health does not discriminate and it can affect any one of us at any time.  

We also recently carried out external research into the mental health of those working across the construction industry and
the findings are stark. 53% of construction workers have struggled with their mental health, however 44% have not spoken to anyone about their struggles. A further 42% of those experiencing mental health issues say it has negatively affected their relationship with their partner, while 20% say it has impacted relationships with family, friends or colleagues.

Creating a culture of support and understanding in the workplace is one of the ways Keyline is helping to build a psychologically safe and healthy workplace for our colleagues. We are proud of our wellbeing programmes designed to engage, support and motivate. This support is readily available through our long-standing and successful Wellbeing Hub and also through our Employee Assistance Programme service. 

To bolster our support further, we have also appointed two new Stay Well Ambassadors who work across the Travis Perkins Group, including Keyline. 

Natalie Ashcroft and Michael Drummond are a dedicated resource to our businesses who help us to shape policies and provide firsthand support to colleagues.  

 Part of their remit involves visiting branches across the group, offering branch managers and colleagues the opportunity to speak with them about any concerns they may have, giving everyone the opportunity to talk about mental health issues, with a focus on providing help and advice. The visits are an opportunity for us to understand what the group is doing well and, most importantly, how we can improve. We want colleagues to have a voice so positive change can be recognised and happen where needed. 

Natalie explained: “By going out and talking to colleagues and raising awareness of wellbeing we are hoping to reduce the stigma around mental health issues. ‘It’s OK not to be OK’ is an important message that we want to reiterate to our colleagues. 

“Often in male-dominated environments issues are not discussed and kept to ourselves. Talking openly about mental health can change our own lives and those we work with and we actively encourage and support our colleagues to share the load. Listening and talking to each other is the most powerful tool we have as a business and it’s vital we ensure this happens.” 


Natalie and Michael are long-standing members of the Travis Perkins plc family, with experience themselves as branch managers. They are familiar with the pinch points and challenges that our colleagues face on a daily basis, which we believe gives them a great understanding of our business and means they are perfectly placed to help! 

Our Stay Well Ambassadors will feed back to the group and HR leadership team, helping to drive positive change in the culture of Keyline. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work and feel they have an outlet should they need to talk or need support with any struggles they may have at that time. It’s about finding the balance as to how we as a business can support and prevent those stresses too.

The reception that both Natalie and Michael have received so far has been fantastic, it’s a credit to our colleagues how open and supportive of each other they have all been. In time we hope to normalise the conversation around mental health and build a solid mental health strategy that becomes a part of our culture. 
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