The suicide rate in working age adults has increased 40% in 2 decades and is currently the 10th leading cause of death overall in the the United States. The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries. The suicide rate for men in construction and extraction occupations was almost twice the total suicide rate for civilian working men (16-64 years old) in 2016 across 32 states and is 5 times greater than the rate for all fatal work-related injuries in the construction industry in 2018.
On our next podcast episode, we interview Steven Frost, Site Safety, Health and Environment Manager for a general contractor that is one of the largest construction firms here in Portland, Oregon. Steven is a leader in our region who advocates not only for workers’ physical safety – he also works tirelessly to protect and promote mental health and suicide prevention in the construction industry.
If you or someone you know is struggling, in crisis, or affected by suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is toll-free, and connects the caller to their local certified crisis center at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
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Mental health and suicide prevention resources
- Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention
- Workplace Suicide Prevention
- Lines for Life
- GetTrainedtoHelp.com – Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties joined together to provide mental health first aid trainings
- Tragedy to Triumph – Learn more about Steven and his story