(MBI-LIVE) Lifesaving Strategies for Promoting Mental Health in the Construction Industry


  • Nov 24, 2020 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM


  • Online Learning - Zoom
Fee Type of Fee
$100 / Person MBI Members - First 2 People
$65 / Person MBI Members - Each Additional Person From The Same Company
$135 / Person Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members

This session is part of our series, The Changing Face of Construction.

Presenters: Diane Rohlman, University of Iowa - Iowa City, IA & Jaime Strickland, Washington School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO 

Construction has the second highest rate of suicide among all occupations, four times higher than the general population. Construction is male dominated with a “tough guy” culture. It is a high stress industry with demanding schedules, seasonal work, layoffs, long hours, and frequent travel.

Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States. These include depression and anxiety disorders, substance use, psychotic disorders, and work-related stress, and can lead to increased absenteeism, high turnover, lost productivity, increased costs, and lower employee engagement.

There is often a reluctance to discuss mental health issues in the workplace and this stigma can prevent people from seeking treatment. In this session, we will address workplace policies that can be used to improve employees’ mental health and provide a plan for action. Solutions at the organizational (e.g. policies), workplace (e.g. campaigns), and supervisor (e.g. toolbox talks to start the conversation) levels will be presented in this interactive session where attendees will have direct contact with mental health experts.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Gain the tools necessary to make the business case for addressing mental health 
  • Understand unique risk factors in the construction industry that contribute to mental health problems 
  • Describe methods to address mental health at the organizational, workplace, and supervisor levels 

Master Builder Designation: Leadership - 1.5 credits