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May 2024: Mental Health Awareness Month

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May 2024: International Mental Health Awareness Month

Promoting and protecting the mental health of BAC members and their families is a fundamental mission of the Member Assistance Program (MAP). Accordingly, BAC MAP proudly supports efforts championed during Mental Health Awareness Month to increase understanding, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking and recovery. 

Globally, rates of mental health conditions have jumped in recent years, and construction workers are not immune to these trends. One study showed that over 80% of construction workers have experienced a mental health challenge; and higher construction worker suicide rates are critical to speak out on as well. Mental illness and other associated mental health challenges pose significant threats to overall wellbeing, and may be linked to extreme distress and functional impairment. 

Many different factors contribute to the development of mental health conditions, none of which warrant shame. BAC members experiencing mental health challenges (whether acute or chronic, and from mild to severe), should know that they are not alone, and that they have the support and solidarity from their Union. BAC MAP is a resource that can help members and their loved ones address their mental health needs; and obtain care that can lead to happier, more fulfilling, and peaceful lives. To connect with BAC MAP, please call 1-833-MAP-TALK. 

In addition to connecting with BAC MAP for help and support if needed, we encourage members to participate in Mental Health Awareness Month in a variety of ways:

For additional information and resources, please visit the below links:

If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, please call 911. You may also obtain immediate 24/7 help from the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by calling 988