Member Mental Health and Wellbeing

Contact: David Jaffe
(202) 266-8317

NAHB is looking to change the culture in the construction industry around mental health awareness by providing resources specifically tailored to construction workers, managers, developers and business owners. The initiative is financially supported by the ASAE Research Foundation and the Job-Site Safety Institute.

NAHB is a national partner in Mental Health Action Day, joining more than 1,600 leading businesses, advocates and trade groups from across the country to turn mental health awareness into action.

If you, or someone you know, are currently experiencing a mental health crisis and feel that you may harm yourself, please dial 988 immediately, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline in the U.S.

Free Tools to Identify and Understand Issues

NAHB has partnered with leading experts to develop tools especially for members to identify and learn more about mental health and addiction issues:

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HBA Pilot Program and Storytelling Videos

To focus on resources at the state HBA level, NAHB launched a pilot program with the North Carolina HBA. The Pilot Program confirmed that there is distress among NCHBA members and high stigma exists in construction for “mental health” as a topic. Read the full report from the pilot program and the key findings and recommendations.

The pilot program found that individual storytelling is especially helpful in engaging members. NAHB is featuring videos of members telling their personal stories about how mental health issues have impacted their lives and the lives around them. Watch the videos here.

Toolbox Talks and Resources for the Jobsite

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Free resources from NAHB and partner organizations:

Understanding the Issues

At the 2020 Fall Leadership Meetings, Juli Bacon, Chair of NAHB’s Construction Safety and Health Committee, conducted an interview with Sally Spencer-Thomas, Psy.D, a clinical psychologist, discussing the impact of mental wellbeing on workers:

Articles and Webinars

Additional Resources

At the NAHB 2020 Spring Leadership Meetings, Cal Beyer, Vice President of Workforce Risk & Worker Wellbeing at construction risk management firm CSDZ provided free resources for NAHB members:

NAHB has joined the Construction Alliance for Suicide Prevention in an effort to raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in the construction industry. Use the Needs Analysis & Integration Checklist to evaluate your company’s preparedness for addressing mental health and suicide in the workplace, and be sure to review the 10 questions and 10 action steps companies can use to save lives.

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Construction Liability, Risk Management, and Building Materials Committee
Construction Safety and Health Committee