NAHB has launched a new effort focused on mental wellbeing in the construction industry with an emphasis on helping association members support healthy work environments and be more proactive in looking at their own health and wellness.
Construction workers are particularly susceptible to mental health issues and suicide. More construction workers die by suicide each day than all workplace-related fatalities combined, with a rate of 43.5 suicides per 100,000 workers, second only to the mining and oil/gas extraction industry. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental health issues across the country.
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. For tips on how to speak with workers on a jobsite about mental health, use this toolbox talk as a reference guide.
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:
NAHB Articles and Webinars
- “Headstrong: Mental, Emotional & Behavior Wellness in the Midst of a Pandemic” – Free NAHB Webinar, 2021
- NAHB VP of Legal Advocacy David Jaffe co-authored, “Worker Wellbeing & Behavioral Health,” World Millwork Alliance’s Millwork & More Magazine, Dec. 2020
- NAHB Leads the Charge on Member Mental Health and Wellbeing, NAHB Now, Nov. 17, 2020
- “Safety on the Job Site” - Video segment on TheHill.TV, Sept. 19, 2020
- Mental Wellbeing Becoming Increasingly Important for Construction Workers, NAHB Now, June 25, 2020
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:
- The Invisible Construction Crisis: Why Focus on Construction Workforce Risk?
- Mental Health Resources for Employers
- Toolbox Talk on Self-Care During the Pandemic
- Suicide Prevention Resources
NAHB has also joined the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) in an effort to raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in the construction industry. More information on the efforts of the Alliance and NAHB’s member mental wellbeing initiative will be forthcoming.