Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Wellness Repository for the Asphalt Industry

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If you’re in crisis, please call the national suicide and crisis lifeline at 988 or text “hello” to 741741. Skilled, trained counselors are available 24/7 to help you or a colleague.

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The Mental Health & Wellness and
Suicide Prevention Podcast

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Episode 1

Break the Silence | Vince Hafeli Shares Advice for Your First Mental Health Conversation

Asphalt Pro Magazine Editor & Host: Sandy Lender

Guest:
Dr. Vince Hafeli, D.B.A.,

Episode 2

Empower Your Team | Vince Hafeli talks tips for mental health first aid training

Asphalt Pro Magazine Editor & Host: Sandy Lender

Guest:
Dr. Vince Hafeli, D.B.A.,

Episode 3

Eliminate the Stigma | Vince Hafeli talks about the role of the provider-protector mindset in mental health

Asphalt Pro Magazine Editor & Host: Sandy Lender

Guest:
Dr. Vince Hafeli, D.B.A.,

Episode 4

Reduce Musculoskeletal Injury, Reduce Opioid Addiction | Cal Byers shares injury prevention strategies

Asphalt Pro Magazine Editor & Host: Sandy Lender

Guest:
Cal Beyer, CWP, Holmes Murphy & Associates

Episode 5

Build a Caring Culture | Cal Byers shares strategies to approach employee substance abuse with care

Asphalt Pro Magazine Editor & Host: Sandy Lender

Guest:
Cal Beyer, CWP, Holmes Murphy & Associates

Episode 6

From Awareness to Action | Cal Byers offers practical steps to create a supportive workplace culture

Asphalt Pro Magazine Editor & Host: Sandy Lender

Guest:
Cal Beyer, CWP, Holmes Murphy & Associates

Proclaim Your Support

Vince Hafeli, MBA, president of Ajax Paving of Florida, has taken the lead to initiate a national campaign promoting awareness of suicide and mental health wellness in the construction industry community. Hafeli presented his Suicide in Construction Awareness Proclamation at the Florida Transportation Builders Association Construction Conference Feb. 7, 2023, and collected signatures.

 He will take the physical, living document to events where he is speaking across the United States until December 2024, collecting signatures from those who agree we need to encourage open conversations relating to suicide and mental health awareness in our industry. You can read the Suicide in Construction Awareness Proclamation by clicking on the image here and sign your name to show your support for your fellow workers.

 AsphaltPro Magazine, as the host of the digital living document, will store your first and last name and your docusignature for the purpose of a final presentation after December 2024. Your signature will not be used for any other purpose. You are not subscribing to any service, and no one will contact you in relation to this petition. 

You can also fill out a simple online form to sign your name to the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) pledge: STAND.

For Safety Directors/HR Managers

Here are some places to find Employee Assistance Program (EAP) materials and continuing education/training. This list will grow as in-progress courses come online; click on the logo below to access the site. You may want to bookmark this page and don't forget to reach out to your insurance provider to see what materials they can provide.

Do you have another great resource you’d like to list here?

Send the information to Sandy.

The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) has prepared a host of materials for implementing a suicide-prevention program in the workplace, including a six-part video series.

The Needs Analysis & Integration Checklist from CIASP helps you evaluate where your safety culture is on its journey to an effective mental health wellness program and helps you define what next steps you need to take to achieve goals you set for a healthy, productive, safe work environment. This document will help you determine how prepared you, and your employees, are to handle a mental health or suicide crisis. Download this pdf by clicking on the image.

The Construction Industry Blueprint: Suicide Prevention in the Workplace can help HR managers and safety directors learn how to build protective factors, identify employees who are struggling, link troubled employees to appropriate care, and address mental health crises with compassion and empowerment.

Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention training for individuals is offered by the QPR Institute either online or in-person.

LivingWorks offers suicide prevention training for individuals or groups with or without continuing education credits and with certification of course completion. Training can be completed online.

Events

September is Suicide Prevention Month, but the asphalt industry is actively building awareness, raising funds, and working together to end the stigma around mental health wellness and suicide prevention discussions all year long.

Do you have an event to add to our list?

Send the information to Sandy.

World Suicide Prevention Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) to raise awareness for suicide prevention around the globe. 

Pan-American Conference

The International Association for Suicide Prevention hosts its first Pan-American Conference in Orlando, Florida, to expand opportunities for shared learning in suicide prevention. Learn more and sign up for updates […]

Library

AsphaltPro Magazine and other entities have sounded the alarm concerning the epidemic of suicide in the construction industry. We have offered tips and information to assist companies in developing/nurturing a caring culture and saving lives. As more articles are shared throughout the industry, we’ll include them in this library. Here’s a growing list.

Lots of hardhats lined up in rows
Suicide Prevention Awareness Ribbon

March/April 2023, AsphaltPro

Extrapolate Industry Numbers to Implement Suicide Prevention Programs

By Asphalt Pro Staff 

Hardhats in a row on a truck

May 9, 2022

Mental Health Matters: Parity in Treatments

By Sandy Lender

Mr. Cal Beyer

January 2022, MBI 

Building a Mental Healthy Culture

By Cal Beyer 

Construction worker with hardhat and sunrise

November 2020, AP 

Help Leaders & Employees Handle the Pressures of Construction

By Valerie Echter 

Mr. Cal Beyer

September 2020, AP 

Candid Safety Promotes Mental Health and Prevents Suicide

By Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon 

Construction workers shaking hands

Nov/Dec 2019, NAPA 

Getting Real About Mental Health 

By Monica Dutcher 

Construction workers shaking hands

September 2018, AP 

Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry 

By AsphaltPro Staff 

Additional Resources

Michael Bellaman of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) told CONEXPO/CON-AGG 365 that: “Many are unaware that in construction, you are five times more likely to lose a worker to death by suicide than from a safety-related jobsite incident.” The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) shows construction has the highest suicide rate across all industries at 53.2 per 100,000 workers. The good news is our industry is building awareness, reducing the stigma around discussions of mental health, and preventing suicides. Groups already have suicide prevention and mental health wellness working groups compiling resources, documents, courses and more to assist safety directors and company management in nurturing a caring culture.

  • One association that is specifically focused on lowering the construction workforce’s rate of suicide is the Construction Financial Management Association’s “Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.” https://www.cfma.org/suicideprevention
  • A resource with a weekly newsletter of insights and updates, is the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. The website gives visitors the option to drill down to “workplaces” for specific assistance. https://www.sprc.org/.
  • Another “overarching” resource that takes a less reverent, but still straight-talk, look at mental health wellness for men specifically, is https://www.mantherapy.org/.
  • The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention is another “overarching” resource, with a great deal of focus on mental health effects of COVID-19, but is still a relevant source for HR and safety directors. https://theactionalliance.org/
  • The team at Holmes Murphy (https://www.holmesmurphy.com/category/construction/) and CSDZ have resources beyond insurance for HR managers, safety directors and more.
  • For information and assistance with programs concerning substance abuse, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) has a host of resources and information. Visit https://www.samhsa.gov/

Do you have another great resource you’d like to list here?

Send the information to Sandy.

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