Report: high design concerns about mental health, low willingness to talk


American Psychiatric Association (APA) Center for Mental Health at Work

As the pandemic continues to affect the economy and mental health of many workers, Construction and mining generate suicide rates in major industries.

A new survey of construction workers from the Center for Workplace Mental Health of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Foundation, the Construction Financial Management Association, CSDZ and Holmes Murphy, delves deep into the building culture on this topic and offers insights.

An online survey, which was distributed in all regions of the country this year by the four sponsoring organizations, together with national associations of national building associations, trade unions and Joint Work Management Benefit Trusts, drew 1,175 participants. Of the main job roles given by respondents, 29% were “CFOs, controllers or finance professionals”, 22% were “Security / Risk Management” and 16% were “CEOs, Presidents and Owners”.

Among the most important findings:

  • 93% of survey respondents recognize that dealing with mental health in the workplace is a solid business practice, and among presidents, CEOs, and property owners, 77% said it is a priority at work.
  • When asked if workers were likely to get the necessary psychological care, only 26% said they thought workers were likely to get help, while almost half did not know (43%) and almost did a third said that employees were unlikely to do so (31%).
  • Overall, respondents indicated that their organizations offer training for supervisors (25%) or employee training (25%); 69% said managerial training was most helpful and 66% said employee training was most helpful.
  • When asked whether employees would speak openly about mental health with supervisors, only 17% answered, 37% said no, and almost half of respondents (46%) were either undecided or did not know. APA survey of the public from earlier this year shows a dramatic contrast: Nearly 56% in this survey said they would like to talk to their supervisors about mental health.
  • When asked whether employees would openly discuss mental health with colleagues, only 18% agreed, 31% disagreed and more than half (51%) were either undecided or did not know. This also points to a contrast to the APA’s public polls, where 56% of respondents said they would like to talk to colleagues about mental health.
  • According to the respondents, the four main reasons for this reluctance were:
    • Shame and stigma (78%)
    • Fear of peer judgment (77%)
    • Fear of negative consequences (55%)
    • Don’t know how to access care (46%)

“The stark disparity in comfort, just talking about mental health in this industry, shows us that we have a way to combat stigma and give managers the tools they need to maintain mental health in the Support workers, ”said Darcy Gruttadaro, JD, director of the Center for Mental Health at Work for the APA Foundation. “The good news from these results is that top-line management in the construction industry is paying attention, and with executives like CFMA, Holmes Murphy and CSDZ in our corner, we will continue our work in support of creating a mentally healthy corporate culture for stigma and improvement access to effective and timely care for mental illness and drug use. ”

“I am delighted that our industry executives took the time to take part in this survey. These results, recommendations and resources will help maintain the industry’s momentum in tackling mental health and wellbeing, including suicide prevention, an issue we have championed for the past six years, “said Stuart Binstock, President and CEO of Construction Financial Administrative Association.

“Holmes Murphy and CSDZ are proud to be co-sponsors of this survey. We recognize the challenges so many face at the organizational and employee levels. The final report provides insights and perspectives to help industry stakeholders break down barriers and improve access to care for construction workers and dependents through company or union-sponsored health plans, ”said Cal Beyer, vice president of Workforce Risk and Worker Wellbeing at CSDZ, a Holmes Murphy company.

For organizations and businesses looking for help in supporting the mental health of their employees, the APA Foundation offers Center for Mental Health at Work provides tools, resources, and information, and has recently released toolkits and webinars on COVID-19, remote work, and more. The center was recently released NOTE. SPEAK. LAW. at work, an e-learning training course for managers to support the mental health of employees.

American Psychiatric Association Foundation the American Psychiatric Association Foundation is the philanthropic and educational arm of APA. The APA Foundation promotes awareness of mental illness and the effectiveness of treatments, the importance of early intervention, access to care, and the need for quality services and treatments through a combination of public and professional education, research, research training, grants, and awards. Founded in 1844, the American Psychiatric Association is the oldest medical association in the country and with 37,400 medical members the largest psychiatric association in the world.


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