International research shows that construction workers may be at higher risk of mental health issues and suicide compared to the general population.  However, there is limited information about this phenomenon in Ireland.

The Men’s Health Forum in Ireland (MHFI) has been commissioned by the Health Service Executive’s (HSE) National Office for Suicide Prevention (NOSP) to investigate this issue in the Republic of Ireland, and to develop suicide prevention training and resources for the Irish construction industry.  This project is known as CAIRDE (Construction Alliance to Reduce Suicide).

This initiative aims to reduce suicide stigma, enhance knowledge of suicide and mental health issues, and increase help-seeking and help-offering in the construction industry.  In order to do this, the CAIRDE project needs to understand the current issues in the construction industry and what needs to change.  This is being done through interviews, questionnaires, workshops and focus groups with employees and employers in the construction sector.

Where to find help with mental health issues

In an emergency, contact …

  • Samaritans - 116 123
  • Pieta House - 1800 247 247
  • Lighthouse - 1800 939 122
  • Text HELLO to 50808

For signposting and support, visit …