May 6, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm


MCA-Omaha May Webinar: Mental Health & Suicide Prevention, The Next Dimension in Safety Culture - Michelle Walker

 

Timing:

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM (Central)

 

Location:

ZOOM

 

Topic:

Construction is the most at-risk industry for suicide with more suicides and a higher suicide rate than any other industry, and 4x higher than the national average.  In an industry with such a focus on safety, we must take steps to address this issue that is taking an estimated 5x as many lives as all jobsite fatalities combined.

Just as the safety culture in the industry has changed over the past decades thanks to leadership support, industry pressure, and investment in training – so can the suicide statistics.  With vocal leadership support, training, and resources, we can equip and empower our employees to help themselves and their co-workers who may be at risk of suicide.  In addition, just as we encourage employees to put their safety knowledge to work at home and adopt a “Safety 24/7” mentality, employees trained to recognize mental health issues  and suicide risk can benefit family or friends who may exhibit warning signs, helping to reduce the ripple effect of suicide.

A presentation on Suicide Prevention in Construction will address why construction is so at risk – what are the risk factors causing this – and what are the protective and preventative measures that contractors can take to address them.  In addition, warning signs and what to do if an individual appears at-risk will be discussed, as well as identifying the resources available for contractors to integrate suicide prevention into their companies.

 

About the Speaker:

Michelle’s combination of business acumen and passion for people merged together as the founding chairman of the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, a non-profit organization working to unite the industry to combat the epidemic of suicide in it the workforce and provide workplace solutions for the challenge of mental illness, addiction, and suicide within the construction industry.  She is also the VP of Finance and Administration at SSC Underground, based in Phoenix, AZ.  She works closely with the ownership as a member of the executive team on strategic planning, succession, compliance, safety, and IT matters.

 

Registration will be available in April.

Zoom login information will be e-mailed to registered attendees a few days prior to the event.

 

Recommended Attendees: 

Signatory Contractors, MCA-Omaha Associate Members, Labor Partner Leadership, and Leadership Academy Student Members

 

YES – this counts for points!  Please be sure to chat Michele “hello” to ensure your attendance is recorded since there will be multiple local MCA chapters on the Zoom.

 

Questions?  Contact Michele on her cell at 402.305.8969 or mhoffman@mca-omaha.org.  

Program hosted by the MCA Affiliate Alliance. 


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