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Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

The world health organization’s definition of mental health is “A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the stress of normal life, can work productively and fruitfully and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.” This is what we all want for all of our employees.

Men in the construction and extraction industry had the highest rate of suicide among all occupational groups in the United States in 2015, according to the U.S. Center of Disease Control and Prevention. From 2012 to 2015, the rate of suicide among male construction workers increased more than 20%, based on deaths per 100,000 males.

Statistically, construction employees are at a higher risk because men, who make up 91% of the construction workforce, are more likely to die by suicide. In addition, the industry employs a large population of veterans, who are at an 1.5 times greater risk for suicide compared to non-veterans, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

This is a public health crisis, and ABC is committed to doing better for our workforce and their families.

In 2016, the Construction Financial Management Association established the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Now counting more than 75 industry organizations as members, including ABC, we are united in our dedication to reducing suicide risk across the construction industry, equipping companies to better address mental health issues and promoting the safety and well-being of construction’s most important asset—our people.

The following link provides excellent resources to address mental health and prevent suicide in the construction industry.

http://preventconstructionsuicide.com