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Mental health in the electrical industry: It’s okay to not be okay

Jordan O'Brien

Jordan O'Brien

Contributing Editor
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Mental Health Electrical INdustry

It seems odd that we have dedicated weeks for issues that we should always be aware of, but nevertheless, this week is Mental Health Awareness Week. 

This is an issue that we have discussed several times at Electrical Review, and one that we’re extremely passionate about. That’s because scores of people within our industry suffer from mental health issues, whether that’s stress and anxiety, or depression and suicidal thoughts. 

Given the general demographics of our industry, being predominantly dominated towards older males, it may be hard to talk to someone about the issues you’re facing. That means thousands of people across the electrical industry are suffering in silence, out of misguided fear of someone thinking less of them, or perceived weakness. 

If you are having mental health issues, just know that you are not alone. Mental health issues continue to plague those working in the electrical trade, with recent research suggesting that 51% of electricians had reported issues. That’s a colossal figure, and one that we as an industry need to address. 

The Electrical Industries Charity put together an article for us on how we can do better as an industry when it comes to tackling the mental health epidemic that we face. I strongly encourage everyone to read it. 

If you’re suffering from issues, then know that you have a support network. Even in the darkest times, there will always be someone there for you, you are never alone. But never let anyone shame you for suffering, it’s okay to not be okay.

This editorial originally appeared in the Electrical Review Newsletter dated May 13, 2021. To ensure you receive these editorials direct to your inbox, subscribe to the newsletter now.

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