|If you are in crisis or know someone who is, here are two options for IMMEDIATE, CONFIDENTIAL HELP
-- available 24/7 and staffed by trained professionals.
In Washington State in 2018, we lost six workers to on-the-job injury. In that same time period, however, we lost 77 of our industry’s people to suicide. We are not properly addressing worker safety if we are not addressing this critical issue.
Suicide is a critical issue in our communities. Suicide rates are climbing -- and in the A/E/C (architecture/engineering/construction) industry, we lose people -- fathers, mothers, sons and daughters -- to suicide at six times the national average. Many things feed this epidemic and, while no one program or tool will eliminate suicide, putting resources and support in the right places, upstream, can help make a difference.
We encourage all firms to have their employees put both the Suicide Prevention Hotline (800-273-TALK) and the Crisis Text Line (text "hello" to 741741) in their phones.
These lines of support are not solely intended to help people struggling with thoughts of self-harm, but also for those who care about them, and for people who are struggling and want help before considering self-harm.
> Below are some resources for contractors to use in the fight to end suicide.
ManTherapy.org - A lighthearted look at mental health, offering individuals a way to look into their mental health without stigma or the need to be vulnerable in front of others - click HERE.
Suicide Prevention in the Workplace: Blueprint or Roadmap? - click HERE.
Mental-Health and Suicide-Prevention Toolkit- click HERE.
A suite of jobsite suicide-awareness posters that can be printed for your workplaces - click HERE.
Article on suicide prevention and the need for mental-health support
in the construction industry - click HERE.
Construction Industry BluePrint
A look at suicide prevention in the workplace - click HERE.
There are countless other resources available on the CFMA website related to prevention of suicide in our industry - click HERE.
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