Mental Wellness & Health

Stopping the Stigmas, Myths, and Stereotypes

AGC Releases a Series of Mental Health PSAs to Combat the High Suicide Rates in Construction

Construction has one of the highest suicide rates of all major industry groups. AGC of America is launching a new effort to combat the silent epidemic of suicide and other mental health issues plaguing our workforce. As part of this effort, we are releasing a series of videos telling the stories of real industry professionals who have struggled with mental health. 

We hope that in sharing their stories, others will know they are not alone, and it is okay to seek help when it is needed. For more information and resources, visit


  • Mental health is a feeling of well-being where someone:
    • Understands their personal abilities
    • Copes with everyday life stresses
    • Works productively and successfully
    • Can contribute to their own community
  • 83% of Construction Workers Have Experienced a Mental Health Issue.
  • Mental Health Problems Affect Everyone
    • Myth: Mental health problems don't affect me. 
    • Fact: Mental health problems are actually widespread.
    • In 2014, about:
      • One in five American adults experienced a mental health issue
      • One in 10 young people experienced a period of major depression
      • One in 25 Americans lived with a severe mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression
      • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It accounts for the loss of more than 41,000 American lives each year, more than double the number of lives lost to homicide. Learn more about mental health problems.

Risks & Signs

Anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, and more are as dangerous to worker safety as any more tangible jobsite threat, but these can’t be mitigated with caution tape.

Warning Signs Specific to Construction Workers Include:


  • Anyone can have anxiety or depression or another mental health diagnosis, affecting the way they think of themselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around them.
  • A psychologically healthy workplace fosters employee health and well-being and enhances organizational performance across five key intervention areas; affecting the way they think of themselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around them.

Resources and Training

  • Construction Suicide Prevention from CFMA

    • Ten Action Steps Companies Can Take to Save Lives PDF DOWNLOAD 
    • Construciton + Suicide Prevention:  Why is This an Industry Imperative?  PDF DOWNLOAD

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