Why suicide-prevention programs are essential for the construction industry

May was Mental Health Awareness Month, but Mike Fratianni, managing director of construction for Midtown-based developer Lendlease America, has been working to address mental health challenges all year round. Construction workers face immense stress from the unpredictable nature of their job—exacerbated by the pandemic, he said. The construction sector has a suicide rate of about 53 per 100,000 people—four times the national average. Fratianni, who also heads the mental health and suicide prevention steering committee at Lendlease, says his initiatives are all aimed at getting workers to communicaate more.

What affects construction workers’ mental health?

There are fluctuations in the work available, and the workforce rides those ebbs

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