October is National Depression and Mental Health Screening Month, with the objectives of sharing information and awareness of screenings and prevention of workplace suicide.
Perhaps nowhere is the need greater for depression awareness and prevention efforts than in the construction industry. The suicide statistics for construction are sobering. An average of 284 suicides occur each year in the workplace. Part of your workplace safety protocol should include depression/suicide awareness and prevention.
While suicide is admittedly a difficult subject to address with employees, all employers (and construction employers in particular) must recognize the statistics and proactively engage in awareness and prevention efforts. Some best practices include:
Many people are unemployed while some industries are overrun with work and can’t keep up. Many factors play into the mental health of the employees including problems at home, financial trouble, and others. Coach employees on using the available Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which is provided by most employers. Publicize and make readily available the valuable services and resources provided by these EAPs.
Need Immediate Help or Know Someone Who Does? Contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:
If you are having thoughts of suicide, or if your feelings are becoming too much to handle, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or Text the Crisis Text Line - 741741. They are trained and equipped to help you cope with these thoughts and feelings.