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ABC and AFSP form partnership on mental health and suicide prevention in construction

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ABC and AFSP form partnership on mental health and suicide prevention in construction

Aim to encourage, equip, and empower mental health champions in the workforce.


By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | April 6, 2022
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Associated Builders and Contractors and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention recently formed a partnership to address mental health and suicide prevention in the U.S. construction industry.
 
The partnership aims to improve the mental health of construction workers through effective suicide prevention education, intervention, and postvention strategies, as well as to encourage, equip, and empower mental health champions in the workforce, and introduce collaboration between ABC and AFSP chapters nationwide.
 
“Safety includes total human health—emotional, social, mental, intellectual, financial, occupational and spiritual wellness—and we must continue to raise the bar for safety for the construction workforce of more than 7.5 million,” said Greg Sizemore, ABC vice president of health, safety, environment, and workforce development, in a news release. “Our people are our greatest asset, and this partnership will take our total human health and safety practices to the next level. Going forward, this is the greatest opportunity to leverage and advance world-class safety for our people, both physically and mentally.”
 
The partnership will:
 
·       Develop and disseminate education resources on mental health and suicide prevention in workplaces and find and take advantage of opportunities to engage workers.
·       Support suicide prevention and postvention education in the construction workplace at all levels of the organizations’ chapters and membership.
·       Participate in key events where worker safety and health, as well as safety and health practitioners’ and other professionals’ development are addressed.
·       Promote and facilitate the transfer of relevant mental health and suicide prevention and postvention research and findings to practitioners and to the construction workforce.
·       Share opportunities with ABC and AFSP chapters on supportive programs and events.

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