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Ian joined Informa (formerly UBM) in 2018 as the Editor of SHP. Ian studied journalism at university before spending seven years in online fantasy gaming. Prior to moving to Informa, Ian worked in business to business trade print media, in the automotive sector. He was Online Editor and then moved on to be the Editor of two publications aimed at independent automotive technicians and parts distributors.
January 16, 2020

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CIOB launches anti-anxiety service for its members

Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched a new service aimed at supporting members suffering from anxiety, stress, or anxiety-based depression.

anxietySet up in 1992, the CIOB Benevolent Fund, supports members with employment or financial issues. As part of this new initiative, it has teamed up with charity Anxiety UK to launch the service, which will be free at the point of use.

Anxiety UK provides information and support via a range of services to support those living with anxiety disorders, stress and anxiety-based depression.

This new initiative see Anxiety UK provide holistic wellbeing assessments, leading to a personalised treatment plan which can include accessing psychological therapy services.

Caroline Gumble, CEO of the CIOB, and a Benevolent Fund trustee, said: “The Fund’s trustees have welcomed the opportunity to reach out and offer members this important new service. Talking about mental health and wellbeing is sometimes seen as taboo and is, in fact, a big issue in the construction sector. I am so pleased that we’re able to provide this additional support. As CEO of the CIOB, I’m also happy to confirm that we’re offering it to all our staff.”

Nicky Lidbetter, CEO of Anxiety UK, said: “As Anxiety UK enters its 50th year of operation, we are delighted to be working in partnership with the CIOB to support those working in the construction industry affected by anxiety, stress and anxiety-based depression.”

In order to be eligible to apply, an applicant will simply need to be, or at some point have been, a CIOB member. Eligibility also extends to the dependant family of the member.

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