Suicide Prevention


  • Mental health is increasingly being integrated into safety, health and wellness programs:
  • Mental Health is addressed in employee communications
  • Posters have been displayed prominently in all major work areas where employees gather.
  • Many companies participate in an Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Mental health is a topic for toolbox safety talks
  • Mental health and suicide prevention are covered in company health and safety manuals

Construction Industry is at High Risk for Suicide:

  • Physical strain and chronic pain
  • Culture of substance abuse/ self-medicating to relieve stress
  • Fragmented community/isolation due to transitory and seasonal work
  • Sleep disruption; working long and abnormal hours
  • Cyclical work with regular periods of lay-offs and rehiring
  • Culture of recklessness, bravery or stoicism

Suicide Warning Signs:

  • Talking about wanting to die
  • Looking for way to kill oneself (like buying a gun)
  • Talk of feelings of hopelessness or having no reason to live
  • Talk of being a burden to others
  • Increase use of alcohol or drugs
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Showing rage or seeking revenge

McCraren Compliance offers training and programs to support companies in suicide awareness and prevention