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It's Good to Talk: Why 'Team Before Self' is more than just a motto!

In the construction industry, the pressures and challenges can often seem as towering as the structures built by its workforce. Yet, amidst these challenges, there is a growing recognition of the importance of mental health and the value of open conversations. This shift towards mental well-being is encapsulated in the philosophy of ‘team before self,’ a principle that Octane Construction lives by.

Reflecting on High Stakes

Recently, attention was drawn to the mental health crisis within the construction sector by notable figures such as Prince William, who highlighted the need for proactive mental health strategies during a visit to a construction site. His engagement underlined the critical importance of shifting focus from crisis management to prevention, sparking discussions across the industry.


The Importance of ‘Team Before Self’

At Octane Construction, the motto ‘team before self’ is not just a catchphrase; it’s a commitment to creating a supportive environment. This philosophy ensures that every team member feels they are part of a community that values their well-being as much as their professional contributions.


The Power of Conversation

Encouraging open dialogue about mental health can significantly impact workers’ lives. By fostering an atmosphere where team members can discuss their struggles without fear of judgment, Octane Construction supports a culture where speaking up is seen as a strength, not a weakness. This approach aligns with the efforts of organisations like Mates in Mind, which strive to break the stigma around mental health in construction.


Proactive Steps Forward

Octane Construction encourages its teams to engage actively in mental health discussions and training. Simple actions, such as regular check-ins and facilitated discussions led by trained professionals, can build a foundation of trust and support that enhances team cohesion and individual well-being.


Building a Supportive Culture

Continual improvement in mental health awareness and intervention is a priority at Octane Construction. The company advocates for ongoing education and support systems that help identify and address mental health issues before they escalate. This commitment is about more than just preventing crises—it is about enhancing the quality of life for every team member.



As the construction industry continues to evolve, the focus on mental health is becoming ever more critical. Octane Construction remains dedicated to fostering an environment where every team member can discuss their mental health openly and without fear. By building strong support networks and encouraging open conversations, the company not only enhances its team’s well-being but also sets a standard for the industry.

For those in the industry, remember, it’s always good to talk. Octane Construction is committed to being part of the conversation and driving change in mental health care within the construction sector.