Mental Health Initiatives for Construction Professionals
mindset has created several pockets of society where men either deem mental health issues unimportant or avoid seeking help out of fear. The construction industry is one of these pockets. While professionals are doing great work to increase physical safety on the jobsite, mental health concerns too often stay on the back burner.
What can the construction industry do to change attitudes about mental health? This male-dominated sector sees endless amounts of silent suffering due to preconceived notions, but some employers are fighting back against the stigma. Every construction business can do the same by educating their employees and revising company policies.
Increased Safety Measures
One of the first goals employers should aim for is implementing better safety strategies. Physical injuries don’t only hurt the flesh—they can damage the psyche as well. Chronic pain and depression have high comorbidity rates, with 85% of chronic pain sufferers also experiencing severe depression. The onset of depression ties back into the sense of resilience many men carry. When manual laborers land in a position where they can’t work up to par, they might beat themselves up about it and feel like they’ve failed.
Increased safety measures protect against physical and mental damage, and they make for a better atmosphere within the worksite. Few people desire to go to a job where they feel directly endangered every day. The construction industry has a higher rate of fatal injuries than most other sectors, but individual employers can lower these statistics by implementing better safety protocols.