New service on offer to professionals experiencing anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression
The Architects Benevolent Society is now able to provide access to practical support for people in the architectural community, including landscape professionals, who are experiencing anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression.
Every week in the UK, one in six adults experiences symptoms of a common mental health problem such as anxiety or depression. The recently published Architects’ Journal 2017 Life in Practice survey results reveal that mental health is the biggest single worry for respondents aged under 30. Health, relationship and family difficulties, work pressures and the vulnerability of architectural and landscape professions are just some of the reasons that professionals might experience difficulties during their careers.
The Architects Benevolent Society (ABS), in consultation with the RIBA, the Landscape Institute and CIAT, has partnered with Anxiety UK to provide support via a range of services, including one-to-one therapy, a dedicated helpline and email services, self-help materials and annual Anxiety UK membership.
Angela Brady OBE, ABS President, is pleased that the support will enable the Society to respond to an identified need. She commented: ‘We believe this very important mental health support we will be providing in partnership with Anxiety UK will give real help to the many people in our wider profession experiencing mental health difficulties, adding to the financial assistance, advice and other practical support the Society already provides.’
Landscape professionals transform places to improve both physical and mental health outcomes for people of all ages, and the well-being of all landscape professionals is extremely important in its own right.
Merrick Denton-Thompson, President of the Landscape Institute, said: ‘The well-being of all landscape professionals is extremely important in its own right. We must also acknowledge the direct role our profession can play to transform places for the public benefit. From improving the state of childhood by creating places for children to socialise, make friends for life and be able to play, to transforming lives by creating places rich in experience and conducive to social development, landscape professionals improve both physical and mental health outcomes for people of all ages. Mental health is an issue also raised and championed in past weeks by younger members of the royal family, who are to be commended for this.
‘We are very grateful to the Architects Benevolent Society for joining with Anxiety UK in providing support to tackle mental health issues within our profession.’
For more information on the support that ABS can offer to landscape professionals, visit absnet.org.uk.
Other quotes of support from professional bodies
‘The RIBA is pleased to support the ABS in this initiative to offer specialist support and advice to architects in the UK experiencing mental health problems. With one in four UK adults experiencing a mental health problem each year, it’s a common human experience. If you are suffering, it’s important to know you are not alone. I urge anyone struggling with mental health problems to seek help, for example through this new ABS partnership with Anxiety UK.’
Jane Duncan, RIBA President
‘CIAT is pleased to be supporting this vital and much needed initiative being established by the ABS. Mental health issues have to be addressed and it is of great importance that there is support for those within the built environment sector including Architectural Technology professionals. So, no matter where you are in your career, please remember that there is support and CIAT encourage you to make contact with the ABS who can assist with the help you may need.’
Gary Mees, CIAT President