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Depression: construction’s hidden problem

The biggest health concern in the construction industry is also one of the least visible: depression. Although mental health may not be widely talked about in the industry, 42% of construction workers say they experienced mental health issues at their current place of work – more than double the national average.1 The impact of depression is particularly concerning for construction businesses with compact teams, where poor employee wellbeing can already have a detrimental effect on productivity.

Worrying statistics

Depending on the severity of the illness, depression can be life threatening and increase the risk of suicide. According to data from the Office for National Statistics, construction workers are 60% more likely than the national average to die from suicide.2 This is a disturbing reality to face, especially for small to medium construction business owners, whose businesses may feel more like a family. But getting to grips with the facts is the foundation for developing processes that address the problem.

Organisations on your side

The Health in Construction Leadership Group and Mates in Mind are two organisations working to improve the wellbeing of construction workers.

Find more ideas in CIOB’s 2017 report, The State of Well-Being in the Construction Industry.

1 Based on responses from 1,139 people across the construction industry. Mind Matters Survey, Construction News, April 2017 https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/best-practice/mind-matters/mind-matters-survey-results-in-full/10019434.article
2 ONS release (Suicide by Occupation) March 2017 https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/suicidebyoccupation/england2011to2015#main-points
3 2017 Report: The State of Well-being in the Construction Industry, The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) https://policy.ciob.org/research/state-well-construction-industry/

Bupa’s mental health benefits

Bupa takes workplace wellbeing seriously. That’s why we’ve put together a selection of tools to help your business tackle mental health challenges head-on.

From online tools to expert guidance and advice, we can help you take the first steps to addressing employee wellbeing in the construction industry. You can get a Bupa guide price in a matter of minutes, and give your team the tailored support and care they need.


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4 Please note: Existing in-patient, out-patient and day case benefit limits and exclusions for pre-existing conditions still apply to our cover for mental health conditions.
5 Calls may be recorded, and to maintain quality, a nursing manager may monitor some calls, always respecting the confidentiality of the call.

This case study reflects the specific experience of one business. The advice given may work for some businesses but may not work for others.

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