As many people struggle with heightened stress and anxiety during COVID-19, suicide prevention skills are more critical than ever. Moreover, construction industry workers are the most at-risk population for suicide, with men in their 20s through 50s accounting for the bulk of suicides, according to OSHA.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and today, Sept. 10, is World Suicide Prevention Day. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Preveniton (CISAP) along with LivingWorks is providing free 60–90-minute online suicide prevention training through September 30.
Other Factors that Impact Suicide Rates
Veterans, who also make up a large portion of construction worker demographics, commit suicide at an estimated rate of 22 suicides per day, putting them at a higher risk than the general population.
Moving from jobsite to jobsite often created an environment where workers are not as connected to their families, each other, their workplace or 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 loss of income increase stress, but job loss also means employees may lose medical benefits and access to EAPs.
The physical demands of construction work takes a toll and can cause physical or chronic pain, which may lead to self-medication (with drugs, alcohol or opioids). Opioid abuse is linked to an increased likelihood of suicide attempt.
Whether you are a construction owner, manager, or laborer, below are some ways you can help prevent suicide in our industry.
Construction + Suicide Prevention: Why Is This an Industry Imperative?
Construction + Suicide Prevention: 10 Action Steps Companies Can Take to Save Lives
Uniting the Construction Industry Behind Suicide Prevention. This webinar presents information on why the construction industry must STAND Up for suicide prevention. Includes a personal story from a retired industry professional.
CIASP Information Webinar. In this webinar, participants review the 5 STAND principles in the CIASP pledge and how to put them into action.
STAND up for suicide prevention today
Run, Walk or Bike for Suicide Prevention
Attend an upcoming event where CIASP will be represented and learn more about mental health and suicide prevention.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline