Central Oregon Carpenters Local Union 271

Mental Health in the Construction Industry

September 29th, 2020

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and while suicide prevention is important to address year-round, this month is dedicated to sharing resources and stories to shed light on this uncomfortable and often stigmatized topic. For many, myself included, mental health and suicide are difficult subjects to acknowledge, let alone talk about.

There is a genuine crisis facing our industry. Regrettably, construction workers lead the way nationally in suicide-related deaths, nearly 4 times higher than their non-construction industry counterparts. Let that sink in. Every year 17 out of 100,000 people take their own lives.

For construction workers that number is 54. That’s a staggering and disheartening statistic and it needs to change. If you haven’t suffered the loss of a co-worker, family member or friend due to suicide consider yourself fortunate. Many others aren’t so lucky. It truly doesn’t need to be this way.

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