Men in construction are four times more likely to die by suicide than the general population, but organizations such as Get Construction Talking, supported by Procore and The B1M, are working to resolve that crisis by breaking down the stigma surrounding mental health in the industry. The initiative aims to empower construction workers to have conversations about mental health and is collecting funds with the goal of raising $1 million to support mental health nonprofits worldwide, Construction Dive reports.
In a free, downloadable toolkit, Get Construction Talking outlines the signs to look for in colleagues who may be struggling with mental health, along with conversation starters and other actionable steps to create a safer, healthier, and more supportive workplace.
Research indicates that acknowledging and talking about mental health can actually improve it. Simple statements can have a big impact:
- I haven’t seen you lately. Is everything OK?
- I know things have been tough – I’m here if you want to talk.
- It’s been a while, want to grab a cup of coffee?