There is no doubt about it, the construction industry needs to make some serious headway in supporting mental wellbeing. Rates of suicide have started to rise nationally for the first time since 2013, and male site workers are three times more likely to commit suicide than other men. The number of work days lost to depression and anxiety-related problems are at an all-time high, with men in the 45-49 age group most likely to be affected. EDF’s Hinkley Point power-station project has recently been in the headlines after a Unite the Union investigation revealed several site workers had attempted suicide at the start of 2019. And the construction industry has officially been named the most ‘deadly’ profession in the UK – not because of accidents and injuries, but because an average of two workers will take their own lives every single day.
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