Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
Construction is the second highest-rated industry affected by suicide.
As such, it is an industry imperative to shatter the mental health stigma and create caring cultures within our companies. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention was established to provide and disseminate information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction.
“In this male-dominated industry, the stoic, macho ‘tough guy’ culture creates barriers to seeking help and acknowledging emotional problems.” - Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, and survivor of her brother’s suicide.
Construction Suicide Prevention Week 2023
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Every year the construction industry dedicates a week to raising awareness about the unique challenges workers face that lead to suicide, along with what we, as a community, can do to prevent it. The construction industry has the second highest rate of suicide in the U.S. at 53.3 per 100,000 workers, according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
Construction Suicide Prevention Week is September 4-8, 2023. Organizations have the opportunity to promote an important mental health awareness initiative aimed at those who may need it most. By starting the conversation, breaking the stigma around mental health, and providing valuable resources, organizations demonstrate their commitment to the well-being of their employees and contribute to a universal effort to save lives.
This leads to a more informed and supportive workplace, helping to prevent tragedies and improve overall productivity and morale.
Explore the official resource library to plan your company's activities for Construction Suicide Prevention Week. Locate who to call in different crises and construction employer resources to implement in the workplace to effective support mental wellness among workers through this library.
Commit your organization to participating in Construction Suicide Week today!
In this webinar, panelists discuss how to break the stigma around mental health and suicide prevention in the construction industry. They provide actionable advice for how and when to talk about suicide, and for how to take the focus of Construction Suicide Prevention Week and apply it day-to-day.