Mental health and suicide in construction are growing problems facing the industry. According to a CDC study, the construction industry ranked as the #1 industry for deaths by suicide. September is suicide prevention month, and the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) has resources and tools to help construction firms address this growing issue.
With a suicide rate that is four times greater than the national average, the construction industry is facing a crisis. There are approximately three jobsite fatalities in construction every day and an estimated 10 to 12 suicides among construction workers. In the construction industry, mental health awareness and suicide prevention are just as important as job safety issues. Construction workers are at a heightened risk for suicide for a variety of reasons that can all be addressed – starting with changing the culture in the workplace.
The CIASP was stablished by the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) in 2016 to shatter the stigma surrounding mental health issues, CIASP became a stand alone 501(c)(3) organization in 2018 to raise awareness about suicide prevention and provide resources and tools to create a zero suicide industry by uniting and supporting the construction community.
CIASP is dedicated to changing the statistics by educating and equipping organizations, industry service providers and construction professionals to STAND Up for suicide prevention and address it as a health and safety priority.
Now is the time for the industry to STAND up for suicide prevention and address it as a health and safety priority by creating safe cultures, providing training to identify and help those at risk, raising awareness about the suicide crisis in construction, normalizing conversations around suicide and mental health, and ultimately decreasing the risks associated with suicide in construction.
Contractors and organizations that take the STAND Pledge can access resources, Tool Box talks and other materials to take the first step towards addressing mental health and suicide in the industry.