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Mental Health & The Built EnvironmentWith 53.2 suicides per 100,000 workers, construction has among the highest suicide rates of any industry. Deaths by suicide are five times higher than all other construction deaths combined, evidenced by 1,008 deaths from fatal work in 2020 compared to 5,242 by suicide in 2018. In addition, architects and engineers suffer a high rate of suicide as well with 23.2 suicides per 100,000 workers. The factors contributing to this include the high pressure environment of the job and the general lack of institutional support for mental health.
Mental Health Resources
If you’re dealing with a mental health crisis, please call the suicide prevention hotline immediately to seek professional guidance.
There are a number of resources for people looking to learn more about the state of mental health in the design & construction industry.
- Construction Suicide Prevention Week (September 4-8, 2023)
- The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP)
- Construction Working Minds: Mental Health Promotion, Suicide Prevention, and Addiction Recovery at Work
- The Center for Construction Research and Training Suicide Prevention Resources
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): Preventing Suicides
- Associated General Contractors of America (AGC): Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
Ways to Get Involved
Mental Health First Aid is a course that teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Learn the 3 steps to preventing suicide in a crisis situation.
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