A worryingly silent crisis, male mental health has been thankfully gaining more traction in Canada and around the world as we grapple with the realities of conditions such as anxiety and depression. Nevertheless, there remains a stigma and too often men do not feel comfortable asking for help.
“The stigma of mental illness can be deadly in sectors that are traditionally dominated by men. Historically, heavy manufacturing and construction sites around the world have never been perceived as environments where workers felt comfortable discussing their problems,” says leading supply chain management software purveyor Avetta in its new whitepaper.
This is dangerous, because a lack of openness and support can lead to catastrophic events. For example, in the U.S. the construction sector has a suicide rate of 53 per 100,000, which is four times higher than the general population (according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Similar statistics can be found in Europe, Australia and the rest of the world. “This issue isn’t isolated to a specific region, with almost two-thirds of worldwide suicides completed by men,” says Avetta.