It’s time to shine a light on one of the biggest safety issues in construction: suicide. Here you’ll find vulnerable stories, hard facts, and resources to educate your team on suicide prevention and mental health.
Suicide is rarely spontaneous, though it often comes as a surprise. Even so, there are signs you can watch for and key ways to help.
No matter what size or type of company you lead, it will take all of us to end the suicide epidemic. Where’s the best place to start? With training. You train for safety—take it deeper and train for mental health. BuidWitt Training offers short lessons you can work into morning huddles or assign to individuals.
We’re not just talking about suicide because it’s September. Over the years, key people have come on Dirt Talk to share their stories. From Michelle Walker, VP of Finance for SSC Underground and acting chairperson for the CIASP to “world’s greatest operator” Garret Wilson, listen to their struggles and learn how you can have your crew’s back.
“I envision an industry where a worker will feel just as safe saying, ‘I’m having trouble,’ as does a worker in Arizona in getting a spot on the arm checked for skin cancer.”
Michelle WalkerVP of Finance, SSC UndergroundActing Chairperson, The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP)
We’ve partnered with CIASP to make a difference, and you can too! Explore their free resources like toolbox talks, posters, and wallet cards to help prevent suicide and learn how to foster a more supportive culture.