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Going round the U-bend; Why feeling part of a community is important for installers’ health

  • 15 May 2019

The Mental Health Foundation reports that 70 million workdays are lost each year in the UK due to mental health issues. This mental health awareness week, we want to remind installers about the importance of self-care.

Bristan research shows that 54% of installers describe themselves as a sole trader, with the majority working within a 20-mile radius of their area. This can mean long working weeks, spent alone in the same environment, day in and day out.

Shouldering the sole responsibility for a company’s success or failure can take its toll and often blur the boundaries between work and home life. Research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has shown that working alone is one of the top challenges faced by self-employed people. We also know that long-term stress can increase the risk of developing a mental health condition.

With a little help from my friends

As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Feeling connected to a group can make you feel happier and even act as a buffer for mental and physical health problems.

Talking to likeminded people who are facing similar challenges, can have a positive impact on a person’s ability to cope with work-related stress. Because of this, Bristan is launching a new community for installers. The Bristan On Tap installer community aims to give plumbers, installers and engineers an opportunity to feel part of something special; a place where they can communicate with other trades people and our team of technical experts.

Being kept in the loop of new information also helps us all to feel more included. Our exclusive community will give installers the chance to be the first to trial new products, receive tips and advice as well as be kept informed of industry news and developments.

All work and no play

Because life is busy and work pressure can sometimes seem relentless, it’s important that we remember to enjoy ourselves. The Bristan On Tap installer community aims to bring a bit of fun into the day to day with competitions, giveaways and exclusive events. It’s our way of saying thank you to installers for their loyalty.

Join the community

Ultimately, we want to help installers to get the job done. The Bristan On Tap installer community will help to give those in the trade the support they need, from people who understand their work demands.

With mental health high on the agenda this week, it is a great opportunity for us all to think about better selfcare. Join the community by heading to the registration page on the Bristan website www.bristan.com/on-tap.

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