Mental health in construction is an area the needs attention. It is an issue that has been ignored for too long! The statistics don’t lie, we’ve created the infographic below to draw attention to the issue. Please share this wherever you can so we can raise awareness of the mental health issues in the industry. This is a problem that can be ignored no longer and needs addressing now!
Mental Health in Construction – The Stats
Mental health in construction is clearly an issue. It is a horrifying fact that the number of people suffering mental health issues in the construction industry are twice the national average. There were 1,419 suicides in the industry from 2011-2015, this was much higher than any other profession. To put that into context, construction workers are 63% more likely to die by suicide than the UK national average. Furthermore, it is also believed that construction workers are ten times more likely to die by suicide than a work accident. The Health and Safety Executive reports that 400k working days are lost each year due to mental health issues. One quarter of current workers are considering leaving the industry due to high levels of stress and a poor work/life balance.
What’s Happening Now?
Many of the UK’s top construction firms have signed up to provide mental health first aiders. Earlier this year was the launch of initiatives such as ‘Mates in Mind’ and ‘Stop. Make a Change’. Evidently, the industry is waking up to the issue of mental health and making positive steps to counter it. We need to all get behind this movement and tackle it together! Raising awareness is a key part of tackling the problem. So please share this to make people aware of the issue!