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McCarthy Propels Construction Industry Forward with Integrated Approach to Mental Health Awareness

ST. LOUIS (April 1, 2021) – McCarthy Holdings, Inc., a premier national builder and one of America’s 100 largest employee-owned companies, recently announced a new integrated approach to breaking the stigma surrounding mental health to better meet the needs of employees, the craft workforce and their families.

Designed to create more discussion around mental health awareness, acceptance and treatment options, the initiative establishes collaborative strategies and practices across McCarthy’s safety, human resources and operations teams — all under the umbrella of the firm’s award-winning Build for Life health and wellness program.

As part of the expanded outreach, McCarthy’s integrated team developed new and updated materials, resources and tools to emphasize and support mental health awareness on jobsites and in offices. Materials are available at any time through the company’s intranet and include toolbox talks on mental health, suicide prevention and signage to increase awareness. Helpful information is also available for all employees and families through the McCarthy Employee Assistance Program (EAP).  

“As a community builder, McCarthy believes that investing in mental health awareness, acceptance and treatment not only benefits our employee-owners, craft professionals and their families, but also the communities where we live and work,” Wittkop said. “Just like the critical importance of safety on our jobsites, the overall health and well-being of our employees and their families directly impacts our ability to deliver a great experience on our projects and is vital for the long-term success of our company and industry. Elevating the focus on mental health benefits us all.”

  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. (and the numbers are increasing)
  • Males account for almost 4 out of 5 suicide deaths.
  • Construction has 2nd highest rate of suicides among all occupations, 4 times higher than in the general population.

McCarthy is happy to be a resource for you and discuss its focus is on breaking the stigma about mental health to meet the needs of employees, the craft workforce and their families.


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