Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
In late 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) MMWR found that 40% of U.S. adults reported struggling with mental health or substance use and that 11% of U.S. adults seriously considered suicide.
In the U.S., you are more likely to die from suicide than an automobile accident or by homicide. We lose 47,500 people per year to suicide, 38,800 to automobile accidents, and 19,141 to homicide. This means you are 2.5 times more likely to die by your own hand than the hands of others.
More specifically, the construction industry has the highest rate of suicide at 53.2 per 100,000 U.S. workers. That rate is four times greater than the national average and five times greater than that of all other construction fatalities combined.
“We cannot stand by while a silent epidemic of suicide takes place within our industry,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, AGC of America’s chief executive officer. “We want to reduce the stigma of mental health issues in this industry, let people know it is okay to ask for help and, ultimately, save lives.”
The NEW National Suicide Prevention Line 9-8-8 was launched to function like dialing 9-1-1. You can still call 1-800-273-8255 but now across our country the new 988 crisis line is available just like dialing 9-1-1. It remains FREE, CONFIDENTIAL and available 24/7.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Construction leads the nation in suicide among all industries. In particular, Montana continues to experience suicide and mental trauma at higher rates than most other states. Take time to check in on your friends, family members, co-workers, and most importantly, yourself.
We all need you.
- Montana Suicide Prevention & Information
- 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- The Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership (CSPP)
- Forefront Suicide Prevention
- Construction Suicide Prevention Week
- CPWR Suicide Prevention Resources
- CPWR Resources to Prevent Opioid Deaths in Construction
- OSHA Preventing Suicides Resources
- Man Therapy
- CDC’s Using Naloxone to Reverse Opioid Overdose in the Workplace: Information for Employers and Workers