With an average suicide rate about four times greater than the general population, the construction industry is impacted by suicide far more than we’d like to admit. For our industry to change, we must eliminate the stigma surrounding mental health in construction; we can help by talking about the issue and providing resources.
Mental Health Awareness month is a great time for signatory contractors to review the 10 steps for implementation of the IUPAT Helping Hand program checklist and discuss with their labor partners ways to implement the program in their local area.
See below for information and resources available to FCA members and their bargaining employees on mental health and suicide prevention.
- The Warning Signs of Suicide (You’re Not Alone blog post)
- How to Respond to Someone in a Mental Crisis (You’re Not Alone blog post)
- What to Do After a Mental Crisis is Averted (You’re Not Alone blog post)
- IUPAT Helping Hand Program (resources available to all IUPAT members and their employers, including 8 toolbox talks in English and Spanish)