We need to offer attention and investment to the mental health of workers just as we do regarding the safety of construction sites, and make sure that every workplace has the resources it needs to support the mental health of its employees.
In 2019, one in four construction workers in the UK considered taking their own lives, and between 2011 and 2015, more than 1,400 construction workers died by suicide.
Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveals that those working in construction are 63% more likely to die by suicide than the national average.
Poor mental health within the construction industry has become a silent crisis, and we cannot afford to ignore it.
As an NHS Psychologist who worked with clients with mental health problems, I know that mental illness is one of the biggest public health challenges.
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