The Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Summit was a resounding success with over 160 registered for the event and a packed house of attentive and interested attendees. With our Puget Sound CFMA Chapter and AGC of WA partnering on this event, we were able to reach the trades. Cal Beyer was moderator for the Summit; much thanks for his continued impact on this life saving topic, Hope and Recovery mission and educating our industry about saving lives. KING5 TV came out and did a terrific story that was shown on Monday, October 30th. The link for the KING5 story is here. Speaker presentations, Suicide Prevention resources and directory files will be available on our website on the top bar of this page in our Resources/Library files under Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Summit.
The Architecture/Engineering/Construction industries have the highest rate of suicides among all industries (6 times the rate of the US population as a whole) according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2016.
Progressive contractors with leading safety, mental health and wellness programs are embracing mental health and suicide prevention as the next frontier in construction safety. This half day seminar discussed ways to learn more about this life-saving initiative. Topics included discovering why suicide prevention is the next frontier in construction safety; learning how to integrate mental health, suicide prevention and addiction recovery into safety, health, wellness, employee benefits and labor relations in your company; and meeting community organizations that can help your construction company address suicide prevention and addiction recovery.
Summit speakers included Asif Choudhury, CFMA’s National Secretary; Dr. John Wiesman, Washington State Secretary of Health; Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, Clinical Psychologist, mental health advocate and international speaker; Dr. Jenn Stuber, Co-Founder of Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention; Dr. Ursula Whiteside, Executive Director of Now Matters Now; a leader in the national Zero Suicide movement; and Brett Enos, Equipment Operator, Local #302.
This free event was sponsored by Puget Sound CFMA and AGC of Washington with sponsoring partners Moss Adams LLC and Local IOUE #302.
As part of our Puget Sound CFMA Vision and Mission, we want to continue impacting the Construction Industry and our Community in positive ways. This Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Resource Directory is a living document for your organizations to use as part of your HR and Safety programs. Another great tool are these Toolbox Talks that you can put your company logo on. We are honored to be a part of this process and will continue to maintain and update all of our Construction Industry Suicide Prevention documents.