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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After my presentations, I’m frequently asked how to respond to an employee, friend or family member who says they are okay when there is evidence that they are not. This is a very difficult question since often there aren’t easy answers. At this point, I want to remind everyone that my response is not based on any medical training, but my response is based on multiple resources. I have referred to the following resources: Mental Health America (www.mhanational.org), Jed Foundation (www.jedfoundation.org), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (www.samhsa.gov), Fort Behavioral Health (www.fortbehavioral.com), Summit Pathways (https://7summitpathways.com), Mental Health First Aid USA (www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org), and I Am Not Sick I Don’t Need Help by Xavier Amador.
Have you ever had a physical ailment and you postpone seeking medical treatment thinking things might improve over time? Once you have sought treatment, however, you haven’t felt any shame or much hesitancy to share your medical prognosis with a fellow employee, friend or family member. On the other hand, with mental illnesses and substance use disorders, stigma and shame are often significant barriers to seeking treatment.