Quarter of workers consider career move due to mental health
A quarter of construction workers have said they are considering a career change due to pressures of mental health in the industry, according to new research.
Human resource company Randstad conducted a survey of 3,400 construction workers about their mental health and found that over the last year more than a third had experienced a mental health condition and almost a quarter of those surveyed said their mental health was making them consider a career change.
The report also found that women were struggling more than men with 46% of female respondents stating they were currently suffering from a mental illness, a higher proportion than men.
Data also showed that rather than seek help, one fifth of workers are turning to alcohol and cigarettes to self-medicate and have increased their drinking and smoking as a result of their mental state.
The results of the survey come as today’s World Mental Health Day continues to highlight the issue and the construction industry continues to tackle and demystify the stigma of mental.