The suicide rate in construction is over four times greater than the rate in the general population. There are many unique factors that cause these high numbers, and it’s important contractors understand what they can do to help reduce this problem.
A Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Blog for the Construction Industry by Bob Swanson
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If you don’t make time for your wellness, you will be forced to make time for your illness. Each May, a special emphasis is given to gaining a greater awareness of mental health. In my blog last May, I indicated that the Mayo Clinic defines mental health as “the overall wellness of how you think, regulate your feelings and behave.” In my blog last November, I discussed a common mental health condition we commonly refer to as burnout. There are different levels of wellness for mental health just as there are with our physical health, and as I stated in last month’s blog, physical and mental health are interrelated.
From my experience in the contracting business, stress is a significant part of every day. You learn to manage the daily stress first by recognizing that it exists and then understanding how you can manage or control its impact. Common industry stressors include bid deadlines, securing contracts, securing skilled labor, equipment and materials, managing cash flow, maintaining the construction schedule, managing job productivity, quality and safety, etc. On top of those stressors, contractors today also deal with additional stress from the pandemic’s impact, supply chain disruption and an inability to control costs due to high inflation.