According to the CDC, men working in construction have a suicide rate that is about four times higher than the general population and is the second-highest rate of all workplace industries. This staggering reality emphasizes the need for increased awareness and support for mental health in our industry.
Regular, open conversations regarding mental health awareness are an important and necessary step for destigmatizing the subject. These conversations can help people feel more comfortable and empowered to seek the help they may need. Breaking the stigma of mental health advocacy is something that we must all work together to do in order to keep our friends, families, and coworkers safe.
If someone you know is struggling emotionally, or having a hard time, you can be the difference in getting them the help they need. Additionally, it’s essential to take care of yourself when supporting someone through a difficult time, as this may stir up difficult emotions. If it does, please reach out for support yourself.
Some early warning signs to watch for with yourself, or those you live and work with are:
- Eating or sleeping too much or too little
- Pulling away from people and usual activities
- Having low or no energy
- Feeling numb or as if nothing matters
- Having unexplained aches and pains
- Feeling helpless or hopeless
- Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
- Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
- Yelling or fighting with family and friends
- Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
- Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
- Hearing voices or believing things that are not true
- Thinking of harming yourself or others
- Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school
Call 988 at any time for help if you or a friend is struggling.