Six Ways to Address Mental Health in the Construction Industry

August 19, 2022
News Type:  Weekly Spark, Weekly Spark News

For Construction Pros

Employers can take key steps to prevent suicide in the construction industry, which has the second highest suicide rate among major industries. A recent opinion piece recommends construction industry leaders talk openly about mental health to help normalize the topic and reduce stigma. Industry heads can encourage workers to prioritize their well-being by implementing mental health days and by modeling healthy behavior. Team leads can also check in regularly with their members and create psychologically safe work environments where everyone feels comfortable sharing their thoughts. The author of the opinion piece also encourages employers to train managers in how to identify and assist those in distress, as well as increase employees’ access to mental health and suicide prevention resources.

Spark Extra! Check out the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention and Construction Working Minds.