The construction industry has the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all industries, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2016, the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention was founded to promote mental health wellness.
In September, CIASP launched a new website to provide the construction industry with resources to STAND up for suicide prevention and address it as a health and safety priority. Resources include creating a safe work culture, providing training to identify and help those at risk, raising awareness about the suicide crisis in construction, normalizing conversations around suicide and mental health, and, ultimately, decreasing the risks associated with suicide in construction.
To learn more about this important issue facing the industry, visit PreventConstructionSuicide.com. ABC chapters and members are also encouraged to take the STAND Up for Suicide Prevention pledge found on the website.