Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association


Partners Conference: Suicide prevention starts with you

Dec 11, 2017
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Workers in construction have the second-highest suicide rate of all occupational groups, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). SMACNA and SMART are working to help reverse that trend.

Too often, the construction industry’s “culture of safety” is limited to the physical aspects and neglects the psychological side. SMACNA knows we can change that with the help of our contractors.

SMACNA recently joined the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, which provides contractors with information on suicide prevention and mental health promotion. SMACNA is dedicating a session to this topic during the upcoming Partners in Progress Conference in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 13 to 14, 2018.

A clinical psychologist and impact entrepreneur, Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas works with the Alliance. Her session, “Resilience and Suicide Prevention,” at the Partners conference will help you build a culture of care.

She will discuss the “perfect storm” of contributing risk factors for suicide and the impact suicide has on the industry. It not only significantly affects the monetary side, but it also takes a personal toll on your workforce.

She will share the leadership tools we need to identify struggling employees early, link them to appropriate care, and address mental health crises with compassion and empowerment.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can help prevent suicide and reverse the trend in the construction industry.

The Partners in Progress Conference takes place at the recently renovated Hilton Orlando Buena Vista Palace and will focus on communication, commitment, and deliverables.

At the conference, top industry leaders from management and labor will discuss how to communicate with your counterparts, commit to the future together, and deliver results—to “Communicate, Commit, and Deliver.” 

Contractors, chapter executives, and future leaders will learn how to create successful labor/management teams, recruit quality applicants, study market recovery and expansion, the state of the industry, and develop critical communication skills for the 21st century. Don’t miss it.

The early bird registration discount ends Dec. 15, 2017. Sign up today. To register, visit #pinp18.