At Roseville, we are committed to supporting mental health within the construction industry. Some shocking statistics have been announced recently, and therefore we’d like to remind you, just how important it is to support your workers in construction and value their mental health.
“Male site workers in construction are three times more likely to commit suicide than the average UK male. This shocking mental health statistic is a vivid reminder of the difficulties faced by many working in the construction industry every day.” – UK Construction Media.
Terrifying data from the Office of National Statistics found that between 2011 and 2015, of the 13,232 in-work suicides recorded, those within the skilled construction and building trades made up 13.2% – despite construction accounting for little over seven per cent of the UK workforce.
Why do we think these statistics are so high in construction?! Sometimes, within the construction industry, it seems that asking for help or sharing how you are feeling does not come naturally to most. Construction is an industry where employees are deemed to be ‘tough’ and may not want to show weakness to one another. The combination of these factors results in many suffering in silence.
Know the signs
Construction Financial Management Association has set out some useful signs to look out for that can indicate poorly managed or untreated mental health conditions:
- increased lateness, absenteeism and presenteeism (showing up to work physically, but not being able to function)
- decreased productivity due to distraction and cognitive slowing
- lack of self-confidence
- isolation from peers
- agitation and increased interpersonal conflict among co-workers
- increased voluntary and involuntary attrition
- increased feelings of being overwhelmed
- decreased problem-solving ability.
What can we do
At Roseville, we are very proud to be supporting The Lighthouse Club who are trying to tackle this. They are doing amazing work to support mental health in the construction industry. If you’d like to get involved in supporting them to, we’re happy to set up and organise events to support them, so please get in touch.
If you know someone who is suffering, please help them to contact the Construction Industry helpline. Statistics are showing that this is an area that we really need to focus on.