One in five adults experience a mental illness in their lifetime, and 57% of construction workers have experienced a mental health issue during their career in the industry. The Massachusetts Laborers’ Benefit Funds are committed to Laborers’ mental health, but not everyone knows how to ask for help.
It’s up to us as friends, coworkers, and loved ones to check in when we think someone might be going through a rough patch, and let them know that there are resources to help.
Learn how to spot the signs of mental health or recovery issues in a fellow Laborer or loved one and reach out to let them know they have support. These are just a few of the signs to look out for:
- Tiredness, low energy, or trouble sleeping: Regular sleep is an important part of mental health. Check in with your friends, coworkers, and loved ones if they seem tired, restless, or unable to sleep normally.
- Withdrawal from friends or activities: When a loved one is going through something, they may avoid the people they care about, or lose interest in what they used to love. This might be normal, or it might be a sign of a bigger problem — the only way to know for sure is to ask.
- Unusual mood changes, including worry, sadness, irritability, or anger: You know your loved ones best. If someone seems off, they might need help.
If you or someone you know is struggling, the Laborers’ Support Network offers counseling and other mental health services for Laborers and their dependents, all included in your Health & Welfare benefit. Reach out by calling 1-800-522-6763.