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    Why is Construction the Most At-risk Industry for Suicide Deaths? 

    Male-dominated industries tend to have more suicides. The macho, tough guy, and stoic nature of construction workers can even discourage those who are most at risk for suicide from seeking help. Men, especially white men in their early 20s through their 50s, account for the bulk of suicides.

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 97 percent of the U.S. construction workforce is male and according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 38 percent of construction workers in the U.S. in 2018 were between the ages 45 and 64.

    With their mission-oriented mindsets, many veterans choose construction as a career. With an estimated 22 suicides per day, veterans are also at a higher risk of suicide than the general population.

    Moving from jobsite to jobsite can create an environment in which workers are not as connected to their families, each other, or a workplace community. Coupled with working long or irregular hours, sleep patterns can be impacted, causing sleep deprivation and mental and physical exhaustion.

    Layoffs due to seasonal work or economic downturns can have significant consequences. Not only does this increase the stress related to loss of income, but job loss also means employees may lose medical benefits and/or access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs).

    Not to mention, the physical demands of construction work takes a toll on the body and can cause physical or even chronic pain, which may lead to self-medication (with drugs, alcohol or opioids). Opioid abuse is linked to an increased likelihood of a suicide attempt.

    Save Lives

    Whether you are a construction owner, executive, manager, supervisor or field laborer, there are practical steps you can take to help save lives.

    Resources

    Construction + Suicide Prevention: Why Is This an Industry Imperative?

    Construction + Suicide Prevention: 10 Action Steps Companies Can Take to Save Lives

    Educational Opportunities

    Webinars

    Mental Health on the Jobsite. Mental health is a critically important, but often overlooked part of overall workplace safety. Caterpillar’s Dr. John Pompe and Michelle Walker from the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention discuss risk factors for mental health issues in the industry, implications for overall safety, how to recognize warning signs and tips to help employees.

    Watch a free webinar, Uniting the Construction Industry Behind Suicide Prevention. This webinar presents information on why the construction industry must STAND Up for suicide prevention and includes a personal story from a retired industry professional.

    Be sure to check back often to register for upcoming webinars.

    Get Started - tAKE THE STAND UP PLEDGE TODAY

    STAND Up for suicide prevention today 

    Events

    Attend an upcoming event where CIASP will be represented and learn more about mental health and suicide prevention.