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Addressing behavioral health during Men’s Health Month

Certain factors are strongly linked to poor mental health in men.

In the construction industry, the mental health of male workers is a pressing concern due to the high rate of suicide among them.

The industry sees 56 deaths per 100,000 workers attributed to suicide, positioning construction as the second-highest industry for suicide rates, following the mining sector. This statistic underscores the urgent need for addressing mental health challenges within the construction workforce.

Certain factors are strongly linked to poor mental health in men, including job insecurity, part-time or short-term employment, and career stagnation. Additionally, the construction industry has one of the highest rates of injury, and it is common for construction workers to be prescribed opioids to manage the pain from these injuries. This has led to chronic pain and opioid use disorder becoming significant risk factors contributing to the high suicide rate within the construction industry.

In recognition of Men’s Health Month, Rosecrance encourages men to prioritize their behavioral health during June as they focus on their overall well-being. This month, especially men working in the construction industry should pay attention to common signs of behavioral health issues, such as changes in socializing, reluctance to communicate with loved ones, fatigue, irritability, loss of interest in work or hobbies, excessive time spent at work, and difficulty sleeping.

“Mental health and substance use disorders can profoundly affect the overall well-being of men,” said Rosecrance Chief Medical Officer Dr. Raymond Garcia. “It is essential for men to recognize that experiencing mental health challenges and seeking professional help is not a sign of weakness, but a crucial step toward healing and growth. Behavioral health, encompassing both mental health and substance use, plays a pivotal role in ensuring men’s holistic health and wellness.”

As a leader in recovery, Rosecrance offers individualized, gender-specific treatment that meets men where they are. Programs help men set and accomplish their goals for recovery across a full continuum of care. Learn more about how Rosecrance can help by calling 888.928.5278.

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