Mental Health Challenges in Construction

  • Editorial Team
  • News
  • 9 October 2023

The workforce in the construction profession is known for being resilient and hardworking. But many workers struggle with stress, anxiety, and depression on a more serious level. The importance of mental health must be understood by both construction industry leaders and employees. Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week, and with world mental health day coming up, we should look at things that can help the construction industry fight mental health problems.

World Mental Health Day

Every October 10, World Mental Health Day, a global initiative by the World Federation for Mental Health, reinforces the importance of proactive mental health measures in construction. It offers businesses an opportunity to implement or expand policies addressing mental health issues.

Supporting Mental Health in Construction

Employers in the construction industry should put their employees’ mental health first. The first step is acknowledging the problem, and a checklist can help you find any potential problems. By conducting frequent check-ins and having open conversations about mental health, try to foster a compassionate work atmosphere. EAPs should be implemented for counselling and support. Without passing judgment, introduce “mental health days”. Offer resources for stress management and health choices. Additionally, you need to encourage peer-support networks.

High-Stress Situations

Construction sites can be stressful and high-pressure workplaces, which can cause anxiety. Programs for managing stress, mindfulness exercises, stress-reduction techniques, and access to private counselling through EAPs are some solutions.

Physical Demands

Work that requires physical exertion might lead to weariness and issues related to injuries. Reducing mental stress may be possible by putting safety first, providing health screenings, and responding quickly to physical health problems.

Job Insecurity

Job uncertainty and financial stress are byproducts of economic instability in the construction industry. Businesses can reduce this by providing access to job retraining programs and financial planning tools when work is slow.

Social Isolation

Long periods of time spent working away from home might cause social isolation. Loneliness can be reduced by encouraging social connections through team-building exercises, mentoring, and teletherapy tools.

Substance Misuse

Workplace injuries and high stress situations can both raise the likelihood of substance abuse. Employers can limit substance use, inform staff of the risks, and give them access to treatment options.

Toll-free suicide prevention hotline

1-800-273-8255 (press 2 for Spanish).