Dulux research identified how widespread these issues are within the trade – with half of all decorators admitting they have been affected by mental health issues over the past five years.
In a bid to support those who are struggling, earlier this year Dulux Select Decorators launched a Mental Health First Aid Course for members.
To date 16 volunteers have taken up the call – supporting their colleagues by becoming Mental Health First Aiders, who provide confidential help and advice.
With the arrival of lockdown in March the challenges have become more acute – as government-imposed restrictions forced as many as 70% of decorators to down tools overnight.
In response, Dulux Select Decorators has partnered with the Rainy Day Trust to provide confidential professional support and services for members.
Rainy Day Trust is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in the UK’s home improvement and enhancement industry, offering grants and financial support alongside training, counselling and legal services
The research carried out by Dulux shone a spotlight on the extent that members of the trade struggle with mental health, finding that 84% had experienced some issue in the last five years.
It also discovered that half of decorators admit they wouldn’t feel confident in speaking up if they were struggling while 45% say they would not know where to turn for advice.