The physical safety of employees is one of the biggest concerns in the construction industry. The safety of employee mental health however, appears to be less of a concern. A report from the Office of National Statistics found that the construction industry makes up for 13% of in-work suicides, despite the industry only accounting for 7% of the UK workforce. A recent survey conducted by Construction News and Mind Matters found that between 2017-2018 81% of respondents believed that there was still a stigmas around mental health issues.
With men making up 89% of the workforce in the construction industry and are said to be more vulnerable to mental health issues, it is time for the industry to tackle the importance of eliminating the stigma. Workforce’s must create a supportive work culture where employees feel comfortable to open up about how they feel. Employers must consider the work environment and implement the same safety standards to mental health as they do for physical health.