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Building Behavioral Health in the Construction Industry

By: Lisa Desai & Bryan Kohl, MindWise Innovations

"A national poll of United States employees found that 76 percent of workers struggled with at least one issue that affected their mental health. Behavioral health problems, including substance abuse, can harm employee performance and wellbeing in significant ways.

In the construction industry, the risks are far greater. A recent study, published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that 20 percent of all men who died by suicide in the United States were in the construction or extraction industry. In its November 16 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the CDC identified construction and extraction as the occupational group with the highest rate of male suicide among American workers. Mental health is an aspect of overall wellness and it is imperative that employers recognize the need for equal access to behavioral health information and access to resources. The Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation report on the Opioid Crisis cited that absenteeism, presenteeism and excessive healthcare costs total $4.8 billion dollars..."

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