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Suicide Prevention Resources

Information provided by SafeBuild Alliance and AGC of Washington

The construction industry rates as the second highest rate of suicide in the United States, at a rate of 53.3 per 100,000 workers according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In the U.S. there are approximately 123 suicides per day; that breaks down to 1 death every 12 minutes.

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.

What Makes Construction Workers Vulnerable?

  • We work in roles that are isolating
  • Employment is dependent on the economy
  • Spending large amounts of time away from family and friends
  • Chronic pain caused by manual labor
  • Stress due to time constraints, work environment, and poor sleep
  • Prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse
  • Stigma of mental illness

These are but a few factors. It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms. Once recognized, you can facilitate the proper help to ensure we all go home to our friends and family each day.

You don’t have to be a mental health worker to help someone who is struggling.

Warning Signs

  • Talking about suicide
  • Self-loathing, self-hatred
  • Withdrawing from others
  • Self-destructive
  • Hopeless
  • Decreased productivity
  • Talking about being a burden
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Increased tardiness
  • Absenteeism

Prevention Tips

  • Don’t ignore it—speak up if you’re worried or see the signs
  • Show your concern; if you’ve noticed someone acting differently, talk to them. Find out why they don’t seem like themselves
  • Respond quickly if you feel a friend or coworker is in crisis
  • Offer help and support
  • Contact the suicide prevention hotline or crisis text line

Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Presentation Tools

Washington/Multnomah/Clackamas County Information

Grief Support

Additional Resources from Around the Web

  • Get Trained to Help: Free training opportunities: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), Adult Mental Health First Aide (AMHFA), Youth Mental Health First Aide (YMHFA), Counseling on Access to Lethal Means (CALM), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Honest, Open, Proud (HOP).
  • Trauma Intervention Program (TIP) Northwest: A group of specially trained citizen volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support and resources to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy. TIP Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 24-hour contact number 503-940-7997.
  • 2-1-1: Free, confidential referral and information service that connects people specialists who will help find local health and human services. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by dialing toll free 2-1-1 or visiting
  • Sally Spencer-Thomas
  • QPR Institute
  • 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.

Downloadable Support Materials

Jobsite Posters

Constructor Magazine

  • Article on suicide prevention and the need for mental-health support in the construction industry

Construction Industry BluePrint

  • A look at suicide prevention in the workplace

Additional Resources


Video: Denver Fire Department Making Suicide Prevention Part of Total Wellness


Video: Dr. Paul Quinnet, 2017 Mates in Construction Mental Health Conference

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

AGCWA Suicide Lifeline Trans




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