Handouts, Planning Tools & Training Programs

Mental Health & Addiction

Mental health issues – in particular opioid addiction and suicide – are impacting construction workers at alarming rates. Rates of both opioid use and suicides have risen dramatically throughout the US over the past several years, and studies have shown that these are areas of particular concern for the construction industry.[1], [2]

  • Click here  to find information and resources about opioid deaths, prevention, and pain management alternatives.
  • Click here to find resources to help organizations and individuals understand suicide prevention, start a conversation, and play a role in supporting friends, co-workers and family members. 

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please contact:
National Suicide Prevention Lifelinea free and confidential (U.S.) resource that connects individuals with skilled, trained counselors 24/7.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Use the online Lifeline Crisis Chat

CPWR also has a Toolbox Talk on workplace stress available in English and Spanish:
Workplace Stress
Estrés en el Trabajo

NIOSH Worker Well-Being Questionnaire
NIOSH recently announced a new resource designed to measure worker well-being. The NIOSH Worker Well-Being Questionnaire (WellBQ) is a freely available survey instrument that provides an integrated assessment of worker well-being across multiple spheres. These include workers’ quality of working life, circumstances outside of work, and physical and mental health status. The questionnaire measures “worker” well-being as a holistic construct rather than simply “workplace” or “work-related” well-being. Visit the NIOSH website for more information. Contact the NIOSH Office for Total Worker Health® at TWH@cdc.gov if you have questions or would like more information.


[1] Centers for Disease Control. Opioid Overdose: Understanding the Epidemic. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html (accessed November 2019)

[2] SafeBuild Alliance. Mental Health & Suicide Prevention. http://safebuildalliance.com/resources/mental-health-suicide-prevention (accessed September 2019)