Mental Health Awareness

The Mechanical Insulators LMCT is dedicated to addressing mental health issues

Once considered a taboo subject, a mounting pile of evidence has revealed construction workers struggle with mental health and suicide issues. 

The Mechanical Insulators LMCT, on behalf of the Insulators Union and our affiliated contractors are looking to address these issues and bring them out into the open. They are truly a labor management issue that cannot be overlooked. 

Often times, the mental health issues facing Insulators and other members of the building trades are caused by a multitude of factors. If not properly address, these issues can lead to a number of other issues - including suicide. 

Mental health is an invisible crisis in the construction industry. Nationally, more construction workers die annually by suicide than by all other occupational injuries combined.

The uncertainty of COVID-19 created major stress, anxiety, fear and worries among workers and their families. When these problems begin to compound, a person can feel overwhelmed, which can lead to the use of alcohol, opioids or other illegal drugs. As the problems continue to multiply, the person may eventually come to the conclusion that the only way out is by taking his or her life. 

Simply stated, the loss of one life to suicide is  one too many. 

The LMCT is working with  our affiliated contractors to develop training programs to help contractors better assist tradesmen and tradeswomen, who are struggling with mental health issues. 

The truth is suicide is preventable. A culture of caring and wellbeing can reduce the serious risks of mental health, substance misuse and ultimately reduce the number of suicides. 

The LMCT encourages any union leader or contractor to use the resources located on this page to increase awareness about this subject nobody wants to talk about.

Suicide prevention should be talked about in the home, at work (in the office or jobsite) and in our communities. Together we can make a difference.

Please watch the videos below and utilize our mental health training resources. 

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Mental Health Awareness Training

Construction Financial Management Association Building Profits - Mental Health and Wellbeing in the Construction Workplace (Sept/Oct 2020)
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Construction Business Owner - Why Employee Assistance Programs Are Valuable During & After COVID-19 (May 2020)
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Construction Executive - Post-COVID-19 Strategies to Promote Mental Well-Being and Suicide Prevention: The Powerful Reach and Touch of Caring Messages (June 2020)
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Construction Financial Management Association - The Heart of a Leader (April 2021)
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Construction Executive - Generational Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Mental Health and Suicide Prevention (November 2020)
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Construction Executive - Why and How to Communicate About Suicide Prevention (Feb 2020)
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Construction Users Round Table (CURT) -- 3Q feature in The VOICE on Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry (September 2020)
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Construction Users Round Table (CURT) --4Q Cover Story in The VOICE on Mental Health in the Construction Industry (December 2020)
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Construction Users Round Table (CURT) – 1Q feature in The VOICE on Opioids and Suicide Prevention (February 2021)
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AGC of America Constructor Magazine – Risk of Relapse (Sept/Oct 2020)
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Construction Users Round Table (CURT) – 2Q Feature in The VOICE (May 2020) The Human and Financial Costs of Behavioral Heath in Construction.
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Construction Executive – The Elephant in the Room: Tackling Alcohol and Substance Use in Construction (Sept 2020)
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CPWR Quarterly – Overdose Fatalities At Worksites And Opioid Use In The Construction Industry
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Construction Executive – Understanding and Addressing Depression in the Workplace – (September 2020)
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Construction Executive - Part 1: The Causes, Comorbidities and Consequences of Chronic Pain in Construction Workers (January 25, 2021)
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Construction Executive - Part 2: Alternatives to Opioids for the Management of Chronic Pain (February 1, 2021)
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Construction Executive - Dangers of Invisible Injuries. (April 2021)
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Breaking the Chains of Stigma in the Construction Industry
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The Invisible Construction Crisis: Removing Our Emotional Masks
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The Invisible Construction Crisis: Pledge to STAND-Up for Suicide Prevention
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The Invisible Construction Crisis: Strategies to Address Mental Wellbeing
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The Invisible Construction Crisis: Why Focus on Construction Workforce Risk?
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Risk of Relapse (Resources for virtual recovery meetings):
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Mental Wellbeing Resources for Veterans & Caregivers:
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Domestic Violence Resources to Promote Wellbeing Among Workers:
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Mental Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention Resources for Employees & Families:
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Mental Wellbeing & Suicide Prevention Resources for Employers:
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Hardhat Stickers and Wallet Cards

Contact LMCT Executive Director Pete Ielmini to order the LMCT National Suicide Prevention hardhat stickers and/or wallet cards below:

LMCT Suicide Prevention Hardhat Sticker - English
LMCT Suicide Prevention Wallet Card - English
Suicide Prevention Hardhat Sticker - Spanish
LMCT Suicide Prevention Wallet Card - Spanish
LMCT Suicide Prevention Hardhat Sticker - French
LMCT Suicide Prevention Wallet Card - French