Suicide and mental health are issues that are too often overlooked in our society. The construction industry, in particular, has the highest rate of suicide per industry. Mental illnesses are diseases affecting the brain that can be monitored and treated. According to many medical and psychological associations, including the American Psychological Association, suicide is preventable.
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- The World Health Organization estimates that more than 264 million people (or 4.4 percent of the global population) live with depression.
- Approximately 30 percent of individuals living with substance use disorder(s) also live with depression.
- 16 million American adults experienced a depressive episode during the past year.
- Women are 70 percent more likely to experience depression.
- Young adults ages 18-25 are 60 percent more likely to experience depression than those over 50.
- Life circumstances
- Brain structure
- Other medical conditions
- Drug and/or alcohol abuse
- Clinical depression - also known as major depression or major depressive disorder. It is the most severe type of depression.
- Persistent depressive disorder - also known as dysthymia, it is a continuous long-term depression.
- Bipolar disorder - also known as manic-depressive disease. This disorder is associated with episodes of mood swings ranging from depressive lows to manic highs.
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) - a type of depression related to changes in seasons (typically colder months when there is less sunlight).
- Psychotic depression - a severe form of depression that includes some form of psychosis (hallucinations, delusions, paranoia etc.)
- Perinatal depression - also known as postpartum depression. This disorder occurs during or after pregnancy and affects 10-20 percent of all childbearing women.
- Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) - a severe, sometimes disabling extension of premenstrual syndrome that causes extreme mood shifts.
- Situational depression - a short-term, stress-related type of depression that can develop following a traumatic event (or series of events).
Learn more about this important topic from Bob's podcast on mental health awareness and suicide prevention in the construction industry.