Case Study: Current Suicide Prevention Initiatives in Construction

Publication Date : 09/11/2023

Author(s) :

Cory Hampton.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 3
Issue 1
(11 - 2023)

Abstract :

Suicide prevention and mental health awareness and prevention are not new to the construction industry. In 1958 Los Angeles, California had the first suicide prevention center and in 1966 the National Institute of Mental Health established the Center for Studies of Suicide Prevention (National Library of Medicine, 2012). Subject matter experts such as Cal Beyer and Dr. Sally Spencer Thomas have been paving the way for this conversation since the 1990s. Their work, as well as the work of others, has been disseminated worldwide throughout the construction industry and helped organizations implement programs geared toward reducing the suicide rate. This article will review what some of the industry leaders in this realm are doing in their organizations. Interviews were conducted with the individuals we discussed what they had seen, what has been done, and other insights on the topic.

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