It’s long been known that men are more likely to choose violent means of suicide e.g. hanging, guns, jumping. It’s also been known that opportunity is an important factor in completed suicide e.g. farmers, vets, doctors. It’s easy to see then why construction workers might be vulnerable but less easy to see why women working in sport, media, teaching etc. might be. Whatever the factors, the workplace is an important environment in the understanding of not only why people might commit suicide but what can be dome to prevent suicide. Employers are used to adapting the workplace to accommodate physical disability. There is no reason why employee’s mental health shouldn’t be factored into those arrangements. Resilience training not only improves mental health at work it improves productivity.
Dr John Wilkins, Consultant Psychiatrist is commenting on the article from The Guardian https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/mar/17/male-construction-workers-greatest-risk-suicide-england-study-finds
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