Construction is one of the highest rated industries affected by suicide.
As such, it is an industry imperative to shatter the mental health stigma and create caring cultures within our companies. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention was established with the goal of providing and disseminating information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction.
“In this male-dominated industry, the stoic, macho ‘tough guy’ culture creates barriers to seeking help and acknowledging emotional problems.” - Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, clinical psychologist, mental health advocate, and survivor of her brother’s suicide.
Chicagoland AGC and CFMA held a Suicide Prevention Summit on February 1, 2017 to gain insight on this mental health issue affecting our industry (view pictures from the event). Below are some of the resources from the Summit to assist you in creating a caring work culture that actively fights to combat suicide.
We've collected the following articles to guide your company in implementing workplace initiatives.
Print these posters to display as appropriate in the office, jobsite, trailer, etc. Visual representations of suicide prevention efforts are a great way to let your employees know that your company cares about this issue.
- The Carson J Spencer Foundation envisions a world where leaders and communities are committed to sustaining a passion for living.
- Man Therapy is a tool designed to help men with their mental health. The more you tell Dr. Rich Mahogany about what you’re up against, the more he can cater the content you see to your situation.
- Construction Working Minds was established to increase industry awareness, provide valuable resources and create a network that seeks to let people know: suicide affects everyone and we have a shared responsibility to prevent it; it is courageous to ask for help; you (an individual in crisis, a supervisor, a workplace) are not alone – many resources exist to help you through a suicide crisis.
- This webpage provides excellent resources for both those who experience suicidal ideation and their families. From finding better ways to talk about an attempt to identifying signs, this page gives you a comprehensive starting point.
- Regis--Counseling Guide to Youth Suicide Prevention
Industry Risk Factors
- A stoic, tough-guy culture
- Fearlessness and thrill seeking
- Improper or inadequate training for promotion to leadership positions
- Family separation due to travel
- Sleep deprivation due to shift work schedule
- Seasonal layoffs/end of project furloughs
- Chronic pain
- Pressure due to budget, schedule, and quality expectations
- Access to lethal means, such as high places
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. The number is 1-800-273-8255.
- Prefer texting? The Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 support system available for any and all persons going through a crisis. Text "Home" to 741741 for help.