Mental Wellness - Member Resources

Addressing the Silent Epidemic

Did you know that workers in the skilled trades field are at a higher risk of experiencing mental health challenges? From long hours to isolated job sites to physically demanding work, there are many factors that can impact the mental well-being of construction workers in Manitoba. Yet, due to enduring stigma around mental illness and the persistence of the "tough guy" construction persona, many workers feel they have no one to turn to – choosing to suffer in silence. You don't have to tough it out alone.

As a union, we do everything in our power to ensure our members go home at the end of the day. Now, let's make sure they all come back.

By making mental health a part of the conversation and a priority in the construction industry, we can end the silent epidemic. 

Ready to take the next step on your wellness journey? People Connect offers LiUNA 1258 members self-serve resources and information to help them create a psychologically safe workplace. The service also provides employees educational tools, online assessments, and access to immediate care through virtual counselling.  CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE.


What Is Mental Health?

When talking about "health" many of us often think about our physical well-being first, but our emotional well-being is equally important in helping us achieve our daily goals.

Just as we exercise or eat well to stay fit, there are many small things we can all do to take care of our mind and our mood every day – and many things we can do to support each other in achieving mental health.

This can include: Making time for reflection or contemplation, prioritizing rest, practicing healthy eating and sleeping habits, and having someone to talk to – helping us navigate our feelings in productive ways.

The World Health Organization defines mental health as: "a state of mental well-being that enables people to cope with the stresses of life, realize their abilities, learn well and work well, and contribute to their community."

What Puts Workers At Risk?

It's important to note that anyone can develop a mental illness in their lifetime and certain factors can put some people at higher risk than others. This includes:

1. A history of mental illness in a direct blood relative (ex. a parent)

2. Stressful life situations, such as financial problems, a loved one's death, a divorce, homelessness or unemployment

3. Traumatic past experiences, such as military combat, assault, abuse, or neglect

4. An ongoing (chronic) medical condition or disease

5. Brain damage as a result of a serious head injury or pre-existing medical complication

6. Use of alcohol or recreational drugs

What Is Mental Illness?

Our mental health is consistently influenced in both positive and negative ways by our experiences, living environments, work environments, and our relationships.

Everyone goes through unique challenges (some more difficult than others) and it's completely normal to experience a range of emotions like anger, sadness, or fear when life's challenges become hard to manage.

However, when these sorts of feelings increase or linger for long periods of time, it can create distinct changes in our behaviour, mood or way of thinking and lead to a state significant mental distress if left unaddressed. This is categorized as mental illness.

While there is no "one size fits all" method to preventing or treating mental illness, regaining our mental well-being and returning to a healthy life balance is possible!

What Are The Symptoms?

Knowing the warning signs and intervening early can help you reduce the severity of a mental illness. If you experience any (or multiple) of the following symptoms, know that you are not alone.

1. Dramatic appetite or sleep pattern changes

2.Dramatic decrease in energy / motivation to do daily tasks, work or activities or a decline in personal care habits

3.Dramatic shifts in emotions such as feelings of depression, anxiety or an increase in irritability

4.Problems with concentration, memory or logical thought

5. Recent social withdrawal or a sense of feeling disconnected from others around you (at work or at home)

6. Constant feelings of fear, worry, or hopelessness for the future

UNIONS - What We're Doing to Help

We are approaching this silent epidemic with the seriousness it requires – starting by informing our members about the stark reality of mental illness in our industry, and the measures that can be taken to address it.

Local 1258 wants you to know that we are here to help support anyone who may be struggling and looking to seek out help. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our local if you have any questions about accessing mental health wellness supports.


Shop stewards can now get additional training to become job site mental health advocates. This means that they will be a trusted source members can go to to access mental health union supports, facilitate discussions, or get help. Contact Us To Learn More!
Show support while sharing resources! For those who wish to find help discreetly, we've created QR code stickers that will take you to a digital version of our mental health pamphlet. Contact our office to get your QR sticker!
We'll be adding Mental Health Monday posts to our social media, sharing industry stats, tips and important information to help members take care of their mental health. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.


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