Mental Health & Suicide Prevention
Construction is the second highest-rated industry 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 to provide and disseminate 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.
We've collected the following articles to guide your company in implementing workplace initiatives.
- Construction + Suicide Prevention: 10 Action Steps Companies Can Take to Save Lives
- Construction + Suicide Prevention: Why Is This an Industry Imperative? 10 Questions Leaders Must Ask Themselves
- From Awareness to Action: Integrating Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Into Wellness Practices
- National Institute of Mental Health nimh.nih.gov
- Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention preventconstructionsuicide.org
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.
- Download the Face Warning Signs Poster
- Download the Mental Health Duct Tape Poster
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 988.
Prefer texting? The Crisis Text Line is a 24/7 support system available for any person going through a crisis. Text "Home" to 741741 for help.
Employee Assistance Programs:
Pipefitters: 597: 888-881-5462
Plumbers: 130: 800-292-2780
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 988
- Text HELLO to 741741
- Veterans Crisis Hotline 800-273-TALK and press 1
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233
- Alcoholism & Drug Dependence 800-622-2255
- Find treatment options for addictions at 800-662-HELP
- National Alliance on Mental Health
- 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