Suicide Prevention in Construction Resources

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24/7 free & confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress

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24/7 free crisis intervention — text HELLO to 741741

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What construction owners & supervisors must ask to create cultures promoting mental health awareness & suicide prevention

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How to implement upstream, midstream & downstream tactics to help save lives

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Mental health issues and suicidal behavior are growing business challenges. With rising rates of suicide among working-age adults and the demographic risk factors prevalent in the construction industry, now is the time to institute suicide awareness, prevention, and intervention measures. These resources showcase the growing commitment to a zero suicide culture in the construction industry.

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Published Articles

Construction Safety’s Next Frontier: Suicide Prevention by Cal Beyer
The construction industry is experiencing unprecedented attention to mental health and suicide prevention. Progressive contractors with leading safety, health and wellness programs are embracing mental health and suicide prevention as the next frontier in safety.

Build Protective Factors Against Mental Health Crises, Suicide Risk by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, published its report on Occupation and Suicide in 2016, the construction/extraction industry was stunned to discover that it was ranked No. 1 for highest numbers of suicide. The good news is that there are practical prevention steps employers can take to mitigate this risk.

Economic Impact of Suicide Prevention Strategy by Christopher Doran & Jorgen Gullest
This article aims to quantify the economic cost of self-harm and suicide among New South Wales (NSW) construction industry (CI) workers and to examine the potential economic impact of implementing Mates in Construction (MIC).

Industrial Safety + Hygiene News (ISHN) by Bob VandePol & Cal Beyer
According to Suicide Awareness Voices for Education (SAVE), it’s estimated that more than 90 percent of individuals who die by suicide were experiencing a diagnosable mental illness at the time of their death. Addressing mental health and suicide prevention in safety, health, wellness and employee benefit programs is an imperative.

The AEC Industry’s Deadly Problem by Leah Sottile
Architecture and construction rank high on a recent report listing suicides by occupation. Are these professions doing enough to ensure the mental health of practitioners and students?

EAC Professions at High Risk for Suicide, but Preemptive Approaches Can Help by Kevin Wilcox
When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released suicide statistics by profession in 2016, the nexus of vocations that make up the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professions ranked uncomfortably high on the list.

Developing a Stronger, Healthier Safety Culture by Kelly Kanaras
Read about the important role a company's safety culture should play and how to ensure its success.

Suicide Rates by Occupational Group – 17 States, 2012
In 2012, suicide was the 10th leading cause of death among persons aged > 16 years in the United States, with approximately 40,000 suicide deaths reported among persons aged > 16 years. Understanding suicides by occupational group provides an opportunity for prevention.

Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health
Alcohol and drug misuse and related disorders are major public health challenges that are taking an enormous toll on individuals, families, and society. It's time to come together and form a new landscape of care for alcohol and drug misuse problems in America, and offer new hope for millions of people who suffer from them.

Suicide Prevention: A Health and Safety Priority for the Construction Industry by Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas & Cal Beyer
When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its milestone report on occupation and suicide, many construction industry leaders took notice. For the first time, researchers were able to rank industries by highest rates and the largest numbers of deaths by suicide across 17 states. Construction was ranked number two for highest rates of suicide and number one for highest numbers.

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