Construction Industry Suicide Prevention Summit on October 24, 2017

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.

2017 Golf Tournament Was a Rock'n'Roll Hit!

The 2017 Golf Tournament was a huge success thanks in part to all of our generous sponsors. This year’s theme was “80s and 90s Rock'n'Roll” and it was a fun-filled Rock'n day for all while supporting our worthy causes--CFMA Scholarship Program & Charitable Donations. We would not be able to host such a wonderful event without the support of our sponsors and we would like to acknowledge their support.

Major Sponsors:

Additional Sponsors:

Aerotek HUB
Approach Management Services Peterson Sullivan
Ashbaugh Beal Procore
Berntson Porter & Company U.S. Bank
CliftonLarsonAllen Viewpoint
Comdata Washington Trust Bank

And a big thank you to all our players and volunteers!

You can check out pictures of the June 22nd, 2017 Golf Tournament here

Puget Sound & South Sound's Educational Event with Renowned CFMA Economist Anirban Basu

Puget Sound & South Sound CFMA Chapters came together on February 15, 2017 at the SeaTac Double Tree Hotel to attend a Joint Educational Meeting and Afternoon Social for the annual Economic event featuring CFMA’s National Partner, Anirban Basu, presenting “The Economist Who Loved Me.”

We were joined by over 50 attendees from both CFMA Western Washington Chapters, Puget Sound and South Sound. The introductions were kicked off by Cheryl Nagel, CFO of Sequoyah Electric and 2nd year President of the Puget Sound CFMA Chapter. After welcoming all the Chapter Members and thanking them for their attendance, she welcomed Anirban Basu to Seattle and introduced Wayne Newitts, Marketing Director of Dexter+Chaney for sponsoring this Economic Educational and Social event. Wayne then took the stage and spoke at length about Anirban’s resume of accomplishments.

Anirban proceeded to educate and entertain the attendees with an hour of information focused around the Economy, specifically Washington State. He shared slides regarding Construction Growth State-by-State with Washington State among the Top Three in the United States. Anirban then focused on our State’s Employment Growth (97.4K Jobs or +3% in WA State), especially as it relates to the Construction industry (13,500 jobs), noting we are ranked #3 in the US at 13.5%. He humorously touched on the fact that Seattle/Tacoma is noted for our horrendous traffic and housing prices and that this increase in population will not help reduce those economic challenges. The conclusion of Anirban’s presentation demonstrated that Washington State’s Economy is strong while our Global economy remains weak. He strongly suggested that 2017 will be solid but beyond 2018, there may be some issues on the horizon.

We finished up the presentation with a social hour which allowed us to meet members from each chapter by sharing common ground successes and concerns. There was much to eat and drink, with many thanks to our Sponsor, Dexter+Chaney.

This Joint Meeting between Puget Sound and South Sound was a tremendous success and we look forward to sharing more educational opportunities with our Chapter Members in the future.

To view Anirban's slides, click here.

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