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Solutions for the silent struggle of mental health in the construction industry



The construction industry is known for its hardworking professionals who are both strong and resilient. Behind the scenes, however, many workers grapple with stress, anxiety and depression, with 93 percent of construction leaders saying that addressing mental health is needed for a strong business. Mental Health Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day, held in October of each year, strive to break the silence and stigma of mental health in construction.

Awareness week's impact on construction

Mental Health Awareness Week will be held Oct. 1-7, 2023, and serves as a powerful catalyst for change in the construction industry. It encourages open dialogue and promotes mental health education. Companies often organize workshops, seminars, and support groups, creating spaces where workers can share their experiences and concerns. By breaking the stigma surrounding mental health, employees are more likely to seek help when needed.

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on Oct. 10 each year, and is a global initiative aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing efforts to support mental health. This year marks 75 years of mental health advocacy by the World Federation for Mental Health. In the construction industry, this day serves as a reminder of the importance of proactive mental health initiatives. Companies can use this occasion to launch new policies or expand existing ones to better address mental health concerns.

Strategies for support

Let’s look at some of the top mental health issues affecting construction workers and explore solutions that companies can implement to offer crucial support.

Company Initiatives

Construction companies can take steps to prioritize the mental health of their employees. The first step is to recognize there is a problem. This checklist allows companies a quick check-in on possible mental health concerns of a workforce. Here are other ways to get started today. 

  • Take a whole-person approach to workers’ mental health.  
  • Regular check-ins and honest conversations about mental health create a more compassionate and understanding workplace culture. 
  • Employee assistance programs (EAPs) offer counseling and resources that can help keep lines of communication open.  
  • Introduce mental health days that allow workers to take time off when needed, without stigma or penalties.  
  • Safety protocols should include mental well-being by providing access to stress management resources and other wellness solutions.  
  • Support from fellow workers plays a crucial role in improving mental health within the construction industry. Peer support networks and buddy systems foster camaraderie and offer a safety net for those struggling.

Construction and mental health examples

High-Stress Environments: Construction sites can be noisy, chaotic, and demanding, creating high-stress environments for workers. The constant pressure to meet deadlines and adhere to safety regulations can lead to anxiety and burnout.

Solution: Companies can implement stress management programs that include mindfulness exercises, stress reduction techniques, and regular breaks to help workers cope with the demands of the job. Providing access to Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) for confidential counseling can also be beneficial.

Physical Strain: Construction work often involves physically demanding tasks, leading to fatigue and an increased risk of physical injuries. This physical strain can contribute to mental health issues, as workers may fear injury or struggle with chronic pain.

Solution: Companies should prioritize safety and mental health measures as the two are related. Offering regular health check-ups can help identify and address physical health issues promptly, reducing mental stress related to injuries.

Job Insecurity: The construction industry can be cyclical, with periods of boom and bust. Job insecurity during downturns can create anxiety and financial stress for workers.

Solution: To address job insecurity, companies can provide financial planning resources and access to job retraining programs during slower periods. Transparency about job prospects and clear communication can help alleviate worker concerns.

Social Isolation: Construction workers often spend extended periods away from home and family, leading to social isolation and loneliness.

Solution: Encouraging social connections among workers through team-building activities, mentorship programs, and peer support networks can combat isolation. Companies can also provide access to mental health resources like teletherapy to bridge the gap between workers and mental health professionals.

Substance Abuse: High-stress environments and job-related injuries can increase the risk of substance abuse issues among construction workers.

Solution: Companies should implement substance abuse prevention programs and provide education on the risks of substance abuse. Offering confidential addiction counseling and access to rehabilitation programs can support workers in recovery.

Final thoughts

As the construction industry continues to build and shape the world, it's vital that it also constructs a supportive environment for its workers' mental health. Mental Health Awareness Week and World Mental Health Day provide invaluable opportunities for the industry to address the silent struggle many face.

Where to go for help

Crisis and Support Resources 
Self-Screening Tools 
  • Man Therapy is an online self-screen for depression, anxiety, substance use and anger, with tools to help men start their mental health journey.
  • Behavior Health Screening is an anonymous and confidential brief questionnaire that provides results, recommendations, and key resources.


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