Integration Resources

    Implement a Suicide Prevention Program in the Workplace

    Raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention is necessary, but it’s not enough to create a cultural change.

    Whether your organization has taken the pledge to STAND up for suicide prevention, or if you’re just learning about the critical need to address suicide prevention in construction, the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) has compiled tools and resources to help integrate suicide prevention into your company’s culture as a safety and health priority.

    Where Do You Begin?

    The analysis and integration checklist walks you through a series of questions to help evaluate your company’s suicide preparedness.

    Then, the three-level document provides clear and simple steps to help your company address suicide prevention:

    • Level 1 includes basic steps toward establishing a program to address employee mental health and suicide prevention.

    • Level 2 grows the initial steps into a deeper commitment to the process.

    • Level 3 outlines steps to create a companywide culture to address mental health and suicide prevention.

    These resources will help you dig deeper—disseminate bold messages about the company’s priorities for mental health wellness and suicide prevention, arm the workforce with the knowledge to recognize warning signs, cultivate internal champions, create supportive networks and clear up misconceptions.

    Prevention

    These resources focus on building protective factors into the workplace to reduce the likelihood that an employee attempts or dies by suicide. They are designed to focus on helping company leaders make suicide prevention a health and safety priority, build mental health literacy and normalize conversations surrounding suicide and mental health.

    Incorporate toolbox talks on psychological safety topics.

    Print and distribute wallet cards with warning signs and helplines.

    Hang posters in work trailers, breakrooms or on company billboards that address suicide and mental health, Employee Assistance Programs, and other mental health services.

    Promote free, anonymous screening tools to help employees identify potential mental health issues.

    Ask your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider to present sessions or lunch and learns on mental health and coping techniques.

    Read these articles to grow your understanding:
    Suicide Prevention in Construction: The Next Dimension of Safety
    Construction Safety’s Next Frontier: Suicide Prevention
    Economic Impact of Suicide Prevention Strategy

    Intervention

    These resources are designed to help employers address risk factors, recognize warning signs, and connect employees who are at risk of suicide to care.

    Promote free, anonymous screening tools to help employees identify potential mental health issues.

    Read these articles to grow your understanding:
    Build Protective Factors Against Mental Health Crises, Suicide Risk
    Educate Workers About Employee Assistance Programs to Address Behavioral Health
    EAC Professions at High Risk for Suicide, but Preemptive Approaches Can Help
    Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health 

    Postvention

    These resources are intended to assist employers who have had an employee attempt or die by suicide. They focus on the reintegration of someone who has attempted suicide and how to assist the survivors in the case of a suicide death. These resources outline crisis response, proper communication and ways to reduce the risk of suicide contagion/clusters.

    Provide employees with onsite and telephone support to promote safe recovery from disruptive events.

    Read this article to grow your understanding:
    A Manager’s Guide to Suicide Postvention in the Workplace: 10 Action Steps for Dealing with the Aftermath of Suicide 

    Resources for Veterans

    Like construction workers, veterans are at a higher risk of suicide than the general population due to a variety of factors including PTSD, difficulty reintegrating into civilian life and pain or trauma resulting from active duty injuries. It is important to be prepared to help a veteran who is presenting signs of mental illness or suicidal behavior.

    Help veterans succeed in the workplace by accessing these resources for employers of veterans:  

    Take a course and become empowered to play a pivotal role in suicide prevention. 
    Learn how to support veteran employees. 
    Review suicide prevention resources for veterans and their families