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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 / 860-529-1970, ext. 205 or Marko Kaar, CHST at / 860-380-5534.  

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