Resources to Save Lives
As Laborers, we know how important it is to care for our physical health. We always maintain safe job sites to reduce injuries or even death. But taking care of our mental health is just as important. Our minds and bodies work together, and we can’t neglect either.
Sadly, data shows that construction workers particularly struggle with mental health. According to the CDC, the suicide rate for construction workers is the second highest among all industries. We cannot lose one more of our union brothers or sisters.
Here’s the good news – you don’t have to face mental health challenges alone. MLBF’s Laborers Support Network can give you a listening ear and help connect you to a trained medical professional for more in-depth counseling. We provide up to eight counseling sessions annually through the Laborers Support Network. Our 24/7 telehealth services are another way to talk to someone about mild to moderate mental health issues you may be facing.
If you’re facing any mental health challenges or thinking of self harm, here are some additional resources:
- Call the 988 hotline to speak with a trained professional about thoughts of suicide
- Counseling, resources, and support are available through the MassMen program
- Find more information and resources for construction workers with suicidal ideation from the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
As hard as it may be to believe, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel. Whatever challenges you’re facing, your MLBF and union families are here to help you get through them. Please don’t hesitate to reach out for help.