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Contacts: David Jaffe
djaffe@nahb.org
(202) 266-8317

Rob Matuga
rmatuga@nahb.org
(202) 266-8507

NAHB has launched an 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.

NAHB’s mental health and wellbeing initiative is financially supported by the ASAE Research Foundation and the Job-Site Safety Institute.

NAHB has partnered with leading businesses, advocates and trade groups from across the country to support the first-ever Mental Health Action Day on May 20, 2021, which aims to turn mental health awareness into action. We are asking all members to take a few minutes for a free confidential screening using the tool below to identify any areas of concern they might be experiencing.

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:

Mental health screening from MindWise
<p>Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a behavioral health professional. Think of these as a checkup from your neck up.</p>

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Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a behavioral health professional. Think of these as a checkup from your neck up.

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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:

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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 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.

NAHB Chairman Chuck Fowke recently discussed the importance of understanding mental health issues.

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