Addressing Mental Health in Construction
An alarming, and little-known statistic is that a construction worker is six times more likely to die from suicide than from a workplace accident.
For construction workers under the age of 24, that risk is 10 times more. The power of the social stigma that encapsulates suicide in particular and mental health in general, is so strong that this issue goes largely undiscussed. It’s important for construction firms to explore the mental health risks and triggers on a construction site, as well as encourage mental health discussions and understand what they can do to support their employees.
But the crisis is emerging from the shadows, with the alarming statistics prompting construction organizations to take action. The AGC Michigan held its Annual Construction Safety Training Day earlier this year, with a focus on reducing workplace injuries and fatalities, and improving mental health.
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