In the industry, and with men in general, there is a stigma that they should be strong and tough. In fact, showing emotion has been conditioned to be a sign of weakness. But, shocking statistics from the Office of National Statistics has shown the terrible consequences of this stigma.
Behind the banter and the smiles on site, these statistics describe the many pressures that tradespeople face and the awful fates some have resorted to. In fact, men in the construction industry are a whopping three times more likely to commit suicide compared to those working in other professions. And, that’s not all. Between 2010 and 2015, there were 1,419 suicides in the construction industry too. 1,409 of which were men.
And, 1/4 of builders have even considered committing suicide.
But what is going to be done about it?
These statistics are shocking beyond belief, but how can we improve things? Well, this month we are supporting Movember.
Working in the industry can be temporary. Moving from job to job, to site to site. Work is never guaranteed. Things such as the pay, or the work you’re doing, nothing is ever set in stone. Therefore this can cause a great amount of stress for construction workers. And this is before anything else that is going on at home either.
Therefore, we are backing Movember with a month-long campaign. A global charity focused solely on men’s mental health, they want to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives. Everything the Movember foundation does is to stop men from dying too young.
The stats speak for themselves. 3 out of 4 suicides are men. And every minute, a man takes his life somewhere in the world. Something needs to be done.
It’s ok not to be ok. Talking saves lives.
So, if you want to join us and support our campaign with Movember, click here to find out how you can get involved.