September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Prevention, construction occupations have the highest rate of suicide
, as well as the highest number of suicides across all occupational groups.
Join us for an important program and learn more about the risk of suicide in the construction industry, and the resources available to companies and leaders, to take the steps necessary to make suicide prevention a health and safety priority, build mental health literacy, and normalize conversations surrounding suicide and mental health in the industry. Attendees will:
- Learn why suicide prevention needs to be a critical health and safety initiative in construction
- Understand the three steps of integrating suicide prevention in your company
- Level 1: How to establish a program to address employee mental health and suicide prevention, including who plays what roles and overcoming obstacles
- Level 2: Grow the initial steps into a deeper commitment to the process
- Level 3: Outline steps to create a company wide culture to address mental health and suicide prevention
- Review and complete the Needs Analysis and Integration Checklist to help evaluate a company's suicide preparedness
- Learn how to access resources and training available to support implementation of a successful suicide prevention program in the workplace
3:15pm - Check-in
3:30pm - Why Suicide Prevention in Construction? (a video overview)
4:00pm - Workshop - Integration Resources and Tools
5:30pm - Networking Cocktail Hour
Guest Speaker,Michelle Walker, CCIFP, SPHR,
is the Vice President of Finance and Administration at SSC Underground, based in Phoenix, AZ. Michelle’s combination of business acumen and passion for people have merged together as a founder and immediate past-chair of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention
. An active member of the Construction Financial Management Association, Michelle is past-president of the Valley of the Sun chapter. She presents often at industry events on topics including suicide prevention, leadership, employee engagement and financial management.
Michelle has worked at SSC since 1998 and held multiple accounting positions within the organization prior to being promoted to VP in 2009. In her current role, she is responsible for the accounting/finance and human resource/employee benefit functions of the company with a primary focus in workforce planning and development. She works closely with the ownership as a member of the executive team on strategic planning, succession, compliance, safety and IT matters.