Suicidal employees are only invisible if no one is looking

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As an agency dedicated to the construction industry, we are committed to raising awareness on mental health. The stigma around mental health has started to diminish, but according to the CDC’s data on suicide risk within occupational groups, the construction industry has one of the highest rates of suicide. According to a study conducted by CIRP 83% of construction workers have struggled with mental health issues.

Some of the factors impacting mental health specifically in the construction industry include:

  • Physical exhaustion due to hard labor
  • Long working hours
  • Physical injuries and chronic pain
  • A competitive male-dominated work culture
  • Increase in alcohol and substance abuse
  • Seasonal layoffs injuries and chronic pain

When exploring the demographic impact of the industry, it is known that the construction sector is and continues to be one of the highest male-dominated industries. Workers face the underlying social stigma that they’re supposed to be tough, strong and rarely show emotions. It’s no wonder why people refer to this problem as the “silent epidemic”

There are things a company can do to help combat the mental health crisis:

  • Create as safe place for employees
  • Make mental health a toolbox talk
  • Provide mental health resources in the benefit package
  • Educate and train managers and employees to understand the signs and offer help in a crisis

Here are some of the warning signs you may see in an employee:

  • Decrease in productivity
  • Tardiness
  • Increase in conflict with team members
  • Isolation from coworkers

Mental health is now the leading cause of disability in the workplace. We can help explore coverage options to financially protect against disabilities. Most group life policies include mental health benefits; let us educate employees on the resources available to prevent and treat mental health issues.