Mental Health in the Construction Industry

Exploring the Struggles with Depression, Anxiety, Fatigue, Burnout

The construction industry has long been plagued by mental health struggles. In fact, it has the highest suicide rate of any profession. And more than 80% of construction workers have experienced stress at work. This is in part due to the demanding and often dangerous nature of the job. But working tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to support their families and communities has only exacerbated the stress, burnout and mental health struggles for these essential workers. Depression, anxiety, and other mental health struggles are common in the construction industry. Many don't seek help because they don't know where to turn. This needs to change.


We need to start talking more openly about mental health in the construction industry. We need to create a safe space for workers to share their struggles and seek help. And we need to provide resources and support for those who are struggling.

Suffering in Silence

Mental health is often viewed as a taboo topic, one that is uncomfortable to discuss. This is especially true in the construction industry, where workers are expected to be tough and unyielding. Unfortunately, this mentality leads many people in the industry to suffer in silence. A recent study found that nearly 60% of construction workers reported struggling with mental health but only a third said they would communicate this to their employers. This is likely due, in part, to the fact that many construction workers feel like they need to be tough and can't show any weakness. This mentality can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. These conditions can be extremely debilitating and lead to burnout and even suicide.


It's time for the construction industry to start talking about mental health. We need to break the stigma surrounding mental health and create a culture where it is okay to seek help. Only then will we be able to address this issue head-on and help those who are suffering in silence.


The Result of Fatigue and Burnout

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the world. The likelihood of accidents is even greater when exhaustion is in the equation.


When you are fatigued, your body is not performing as well as it could. This can result in more mistakes, which increases the likelihood of accidents, resulting in more injuries and possible legal ramifications for yourself or your company. When struggling with fatigue and or burnout, it is hard to ask for a break.

Remember that without rest, and taking care of yourself you may not be able to retain your job in the first place.

In addition, job burnout has been shown to have a significant and negative correlation with job performance. This can also negatively affect relationships between colleagues. As mentioned earlier, when you are burned out it is hard to be your best self. You may become irritable and short tempered with those around you, which will only serve to worsen the situation. Colleagues may start to avoid you, or distance themselves, creating an even more hostile work environment.


Depression and anxiety are two of the most common mental health issues that plague the construction industry. It is estimated that depression affects about 15 percent of all workers in the United States. This number is even higher for those in the construction industry. Anxiety disorders are also very common, affecting about 18 percent of the population.


It is important to know that these numbers are just estimations, and that there are many people who suffer from these conditions and never report it.


Mental health issues can have a devastating effect on our lives. They can cause us to lose our jobs, our relationships, and our sense of self. The construction industry is one of the most at-risk industries for mental health issues. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety and to seek help if you are struggling. There is no shame in admitting that you need help, and there is no shame in seeking treatment.


Support your Own Mental Health

The construction industry has long been known for its high-stress work environment. This can lead to burnout, depression, and anxiety. In some cases, it can even lead to suicide. It's important to take care of your own mental health and be proactive in your own self-care.

There are a few things you can do to support your mental well-being:


  • Talk to your employer about mental health support programs. Many employers are now offering these programs, and they can be very helpful in managing stress and depression.

  • Make time for yourself. Make sure you schedule time for activities that make you happy and help you relax. This can be anything from reading to going for a walk to watching your favorite show.

  • Talk to someone. If you're feeling stressed or down, talk to a friend or family member. Talking about your feelings can help you feel better.

  • Seek professional help if needed. If your mental health is severely affecting your life, it's important to seek professional help. A therapist can help you manage your depression or anxiety and get back to feeling like yourself again.

The construction industry is slowly starting to recognize the importance of mental health. However, it's still up to us as workers to take care of our own mental health. Research from Health Shield shows that 57% of workers would feel more loyal to their jobs, be more productive and take less time off work if their employer supported their mental well-being. By supporting our own mental health, we can be happier and more productive employees.


Addressing the Stigma Mental Health

One in five Americans suffers from mental health conditions every year. However, only 41% of those people receive treatment. This is largely due to the stigma attached to mental health disorders. Mental health disorders are often seen as a sign of weakness when in reality they are illnesses just like any other physical illness.


Mental health disorders can affect anyone, regardless of race, age, or gender. Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health disorders, but there are many others. Some people may suffer from a combination of disorders. One person at a time, we can normalize this conversation.

 
The Covid-19 pandemic has only exacerbated the mental health issues that our construction workers and laborers have experienced. Long hours and stressful situations have increased depression, anxiety and burnout in our workforce. Now more than ever it is time to educate those struggling on the help that is available to them.

At Chateau Recovery we have trained our staff to understand the issues that those struggling with mental health face. Through individual therapy we can dive into the core reason that those struggle, and find a solution. Call Chateau today at (435) 222-5225 for more insight and ways to heal.