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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Why do we, as contractors, need to understand depression’s symptoms and causes? Because this can affect our families, our friends and our businesses. There’s a possibility that you, a family member, friend, employee, etc. is living with depression. Here’s how pervasive it is:
The World Health Organization estimates that more than 280 million people (or 3.8% of the global population) live with depression.
Approximately 30% of individuals living with substance use disorder(s) also live with depression.
People suffering from depression have approximately a 10% lifetime suicide risk. When combined with substance abuse, the suicide risk rises to about 25%.
17 million American adults experienced a depressive episode during the past year.
Women are 70 percent more likely to experience depression.
Young adults ages 18-25 are 60 percent more likely to experience depression than those over 50.
Depression is one of the most common mental illnesses (second only to anxiety disorder for Americans) in the world…