Suicide, Addiction and Mental Health in the AEC Industry
Oct 10, 2017
Did You Know?
- Those working in construction are 6 times more likely to die from suicide than from a fall from a height.
- The rate of construction suicides is nearly 4 times the national average.
- Alcohol and Substance Misuse in the construction and extraction industries are estimated to be nearly twice the national average.
- Men in high stakes and high skill occupations are almost 1.5 times more likely to die by suicide.
- People in occupations that don’t require any education after high school are at a higher risk of suicide.
Risk Factors & Stereotypes in Construction
Stoic, “tough guy” culture Seasonal employment/ income fluctuation
Exposure to physical strain and potential injury
Capability for fearlessness Sleep disruption Access to lethal weapons
Time away from family and support systems
Industry with highest rate of prescription opioids
High pressure with risk of failure
According to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, “Construction workers are statistically at a higher risk for mental health issues than virtually every other profession.” This is why Mental Health Connecticut and the Construction Institute are teaming up to create an initiative specifically for this industry. Want to get involved? Contact Suzi Craig at gro.nnochm@giarCS / 860-529-1970, ext. 205 or Marko Kaar, CHST at moc.cniebb@raaKM / 860-380-5534.