Yesterday, the Governor of New York announced that he was going to extend the Coronavirus shutdown order until May 15th, which, although necessary from a health standpoint, adds additional pressure to many people who need to get back to work. One of the areas that is hit very hard by this shutdown is the construction industry. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, construction occupations are at the second highest number of suicides across all occupational groups, an alarming statistic to say the least.
I came across a very good article on the subject from WBG LLP, which I wanted to share.
Our hearts go out to all of the families of victims of suicide. As we are, very much connected to the construction industry through many of our clients, we want to do all we can to help bring awareness to this issue. To facilitate that, ALS will be speaking more and more about how we all can help make a difference and, potentially, save a life. Additionally, we will commit to support this cause any way we can.
If you know someone who is struggling with depression and contemplating suicide, please call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.8255.