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Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

According to A Construction Industry Blueprint: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace, the construction industry is in the top nine occupations at risk of suicide.

While men in construction have four times the suicide rate than women, women in construction and extraction had the highest suicide rate when compared with other occupations. The report cites:

  • industry risk factors;
  • a workplace checklist;
  • warning signs;
  • how to create awareness of suicide on the jobsite;
  • toolbox talks;
  • what to say to someone who may be suicidal;
  • recommendations for suicide prevention; and
  • resources.

The report was produced by the Carson J Spencer Foundation in partnership with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

On April 7, 2016, the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) Valley of the Sun Chapter will host a “Suicide Prevention Summit” in Phoenix. This half-day collaboration between construction and mental health professionals will explore suicide prevention for the construction industry.

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