A charity which offers help to builders and other tradespeople is expanding its support after figures indicated that the suicide rate among construction workers in the UK has increased for the fifth year in a row.
Band of Builders is offering information and help on mental health and other wellbeing issues.
It reported that figures from Glasgow Caledonian University in conjunction with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity found the suicide rate for construction occupations in 2021 rose to 33.82 per 100,000 from 25.52 per 100,000 in 2015.
Spokesman Peter Cape said the charity has been compelled to increase the provision it offers in a bid to turn the tide of the mental health crisis in the construction industry.
“Band of Builders has a very active community of nearly 50,000 tradespeople across the UK, and they share so many heart-breaking stories of people who have been lost, are facing some very serious situations or are generally struggling.”