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Suicide Prevention

5 Things You Should Know

Suicide is a leading cause of death among working age adults in the United States. It deeply impacts workers, families, and communities. Fortunately, like

other workplace fatalities, suicides can be prevented.

Below are 5 things to know about preventing suicide.


Everyone can help prevent suicide.

Mental health and suicide can be difficult to talk about—especially with

work colleagues—but your actions can make a difference. When you

work closely with others, you may sense when something is wrong.


Know the warning signs of suicide.

There is no single cause for suicide but there are warning signs.

Changes in behavior, mood, or even what they say may signal

someone is at risk. Take these signs seriously. It could save a life.


Ask “Are you okay?”

If you are concerned about a coworker, talk with them privately,

and listen without judgment. Encourage them to reach out to your

Employee Assistance Program (EAP), the human resources (HR)

department, or a mental health professional.


If someone is in crisis, stay with them and get help.

If you believe a coworker is at immediate risk of suicide, stay with

them until you can get further help. Contact emergency services or

the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.


Suicide prevention resources are available.

Mental Health & Suicide Prevention

Toolbox Talks

In construction it is typical for us to discuss physical safety on a daily basis. For many years, the focus of our work plans has been on keeping ourselves and our co-workers safe from bodily harm. What we have not typically talked about is our mental health, and now is the time to include mental wellness as part of our overall total worker safety.

Toolbox Talks

Updated CDC Guidance on COVID-19 Shifts Focus Away from Employers

Citing the availability of numerous tools that help reduce COVID-19 severity, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has modified its guidance on preventing transmission of the disease.

Much of the updated guidance’s focus has shifted to individuals understanding their risk for severe illness and protecting themselves – and away from employers, schools and other organizations.

In one of the most significant changes, CDC has dropped references to 6-foot physical distancing.

Remember, If you have COVID-19, you can spread it to others, even if you do not have symptoms. If you have symptoms, get tested and stay home until you have your results. If you have tested positive (even without symptoms), follow CDC’s isolation recommendations. These recommendations include staying home and away from others for at least 5 days (possibly more, depending on how the virus affects you) and wearing a high-quality mask when indoors around others for a period of time.

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