Mental Health and Suicide Prevention: Break the Silence and Build a Caring Future
AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter Safety & Health Council
June 16, 2016
When suicide occurs, coworkers and employers are often left wondering, “Why didn’t he (or she) reach out for help?”
The devastating truth is that all too often, people who experience mental health conditions—which can lead to suicidal despair—suffer in silence. Despite dramatic advances in awareness, prevention, intervention, and treatment, mental health conditions and suicide prevention are still taboo topics of conversation.
Construction industry leaders can change this perception. Mental health promotion and suicide prevention must become priorities within the overall health and safety initiatives of their companies. When it comes to suicide, ignorance is not bliss—it is fatal. It’s time to deal with this health issue head on.
- Why focus on suicide?
- Industry and demographic factors
- Safety 24/7 culture
Cal Beyer, Director of Risk Management, Lakeside Industries, Inc.
Cal Beyer leads strategic risk improvement and risk management best practices. He is leading a cultural transformation of Lakeside’s historically strong safety program on its journey to exceptional safety performance.
Cal writes for national construction publications and speaks regularly at national and regional construction conferences. He serves on the Executive Committee for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and is leading a national initiative within the construction industry on mental health and suicide prevention.
June 16, 2016
9450 SW Commerce Circle #200
Wilsonville, OR 97070
This meeting is free of charge. Visit the AGC website.