More recently, the acknowledgement of mental health challenges in the construction industry and the importance of raising awareness, particular in men’s mental health is growing. Suicide rates amongst construction workers are more than three times higher than the national average.
We were pleased to welcome Elvin K. Box MCIOB MBA (Open), an ambassador for the Movember charity who came to talk to us about men’s mental health on the eve of Movember. Elvin highlighted a hard-hitting statistic: two men in construction a day die by suicide.
Something needs to change.
Elvin’s heartfelt talk included a candid account of his experiences. This struck a chord with all of us at Silver and has opened up a platform for more discussions between colleagues on our mental health and wellbeing, and the importance of checking in with family friends, colleagues and friends.
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