Benefits Office

Safety, Health, and Wellness

Ironwork is the pillar of modern infrastructure. With such a physically and mentally demanding job, it ranks highest per capita, for suicide rates than any other construction industry. In addition, Oklahoma ranks 5th in the nation for Any Mental Illness, according to Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

According to the CDC, men in the construction industry have the 2nd highest suicide rate compared to other industry groups. Because the construction industry is male-dominated, with 97% of the workforce being male, there is a stigma when dealing with problems and emotions that an individual may be experiencing. The common attitude for Ironworkers is seeing themselves as having to be “tough or thick-skinned”, but asking for help is not a sign of weakness.

Here at Ironworkers Local 584, we are trying to promote more awareness and provide resources for our men and women to get the help they need when it comes to mental health and substance abuse. Let's break down the mental health stigma.


Suicide & Crisis LifeLine- Call 988

In addition to resources provided, Andrew Dearman (Ravioli) has made himself available for any outreach services. He can be contacted at 636-697-7921 or

If there are any questions about resources on this page or needing additional help, you can also contact the Office Manager of the Apprenticeship at


Suicide Prevention & Opioids in Construction

I.M.P.A.C.T. Suicide Prevention Resources

Worker Wellbeing and Suicide Prevention
Know the Stressors, Physical and Behavioral Health Conditions that impact the Construction Industry.

Allied Trades Assistance Program
ATAP is a non-profit organization created by Philadelphia Trade Unions to contain costs and promote improved service delivery for substance use disorder, mental health concerns and related issues to union members, retirees and dependents.

Modern Assistance (Employee Assistance Program)
Page dedicated to providing a full-range of services, for eligible members and dependents, including support for mental health, substance abuse and work life balance.

Oklahoma Mental Health and Substance Abuse
This page offers a variety of services near you to aid in opioid addiction, urgent recovery and crisis centers, support groups, and more. 

Northeast Central Service
Serving Alcoholic Anonymous in Northeast Oklahoma. Provides resources for upcoming meetings in this area. 

Oklahoma Eastern Area of Narcotics Anonymous
Serving Narcotics Anonymous of Eastern Oklahoma. Provides resources for upcoming meetings in this area. 

The Impact of Covid-19 on Ironworkers

Kevin Hines Story: “I jumped off the Golden Gate Bridge & survived”