Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and serves as an opportunity for people from all areas of life to help raise awareness of this problem. Statistics show that men account for over 2 thirds of suicides in Britain, furthermore, suicide rates in construction workers are 3 times higher than the national average. According to the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity, every working day 2 construction workers take their life.
On World Suicide Prevention Day, Delphi Steel Buildings are sharing some information hoping to help the spread of awareness and breaking down of stigmas around mental health.
Studies have helped to pinpoint the contributing factors and used to guide intervention and support. A construction site is a high pressure environment with long hours, job uncertainty, working away, and tight deadlines. On top of this studies have shown some workers experience financial pressures and unhealthy work cultures. Excessive alcohol consumption has also been identified as a factor.
Addressing these factors will help, however, another major player in this problem is stigma. Mental Health problems are still seen as something to be ashamed of, a sign of weakness rather than a health problem such as diabetes or heart disease. This often results in people not seeking help, or not knowing where to get help until it is too late.
In response to the problem, a number of charities have been set up to provide support to construction workers and training to help the industry tackle the problem. Below are two such charities, what they offer, and contact details:
24/7 Construction Industry Helpline: 0345 605 1956 UK/ 1800 939 122 ROI.
Construction Industry Helpline App – a free self help app with information about how individuals can help themselves or take the next step in seeking professional help.
Construction Focused Wellbeing and Mental Health Training – a number of free training courses, from 1hr interactive sessions to accredited Mental Health First Aider courses.
020 3510 5018
A charity that works directly with employers to raise awareness and understanding of mental health. They help people to understand how, when and where to get support. Their work helps to break the silence and stigma through promoting cultures of positive wellbeing throughout the industry.