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Mental Health Resources

SMACNA has published a list of articles and resources on mental health, suicide, and drugs and alcohol prevention.

Have a resource to add? Email Mike McCullion, SMACNA's Director of Market Sectors and Safety, at mmccullion@smacna.org.


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CIASP Launches COVID-19 Mental Health Initiative

The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) launched a COVID-19 Resources page with tools to increase proactive factors in COVID-19 response plans.
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Addressing Opioids in the Workplace

With the holiday season upon us, it’s a good time to review how your organization is handling opioids and substance abuse.
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SMACNA Makes Donation to Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the construction industry has the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all industries.
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The Role of Unions in Suicide Prevention

Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas interviews Chris Carlough, Director of Education for the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART).
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Contractors Helping Employees Address Mental Health Concerns

Sheet metal and HVAC contractors have a number of strategies and tools at their disposal to assist employees who are at risk of suicide and struggling with mental health issues.
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Help prevent suicide in the construction industry—be aware, be prepared

September is Suicide Prevention Month. The construction industry is at high-risk for this serious mental health issue and is making its prevention a priority.
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SMART’s MAP program helps workers with mental health, substance abuse problems

During the past two years the SMART International Union has been strengthening its Members Assistance Program (MAP), that is designed to help their members and members’ families having difficulty with depression, substance-use disorders, and other mental health-related problems.
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The Latest

  • News CIASP Launches COVID-19 Mental Health Initiative

    The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) launched a COVID-19 Resources page with tools to increase proactive factors in COVID-19 response plans.

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  • COVID-19 Information CDC: Manage Anxiety and Stress

    The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children.

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  • Mental Health Resources Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

    The mission of the alliance is to provide and disseminate information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction with the goal of creating a zero suicide industry.

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  • Mental Health Resources Mental Health Initiatives for Construction Professionals

    What can the construction industry do to change attitudes about mental health? This male-dominated sector sees endless amounts of silent suffering due to preconceived notions, but some employers are fighting back against the stigma. Every construction business can do the same by educating their employees and revising company policies.

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  • Mental Health Resources National Safety Council

    This toolkit includes sample policies, fact sheets, presentations, safety talks, posters, white papers, reports, videos and more, so you can implement a workplace program on opioids.

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  • Mental Health Resources OSHA

    OSHA Page on Preventing Suicides

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  • Mental Health Resources Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The CDC page on Suicide Prevention includes a technical package of policies, programs, and best practices.

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  • Mental Health Resources The Center for Construction Research and Training

    Resources to Prevent Opioid Deaths in Construction

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  • Mental Health Resources Suicide Prevention: A Health and Safety Priority for the Construction Industry

    When the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released its milestone report on occupation and suicide earlier this month, many construction industry leaders took notice. For the first time, researchers were able to rank industries by highest rates and the largest numbers of deaths by suicide across 17 states.

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  • Mental Health Resources Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids

    The Spotlight on Opioids assembles opioid-related information from the Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health into one document to better inform the general public, especially family and friends of people with an elevated risk of opioid overdose, opioid misuse, and/or opioid use disorder.

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  • Mental Health Resources Developing a Stronger, Healthier Safety Culture

    Could there be business benefits to developing healthy safety culture in a company? Although it is true that companies that improve safety realize multiple business benefits, the main point is that "It's the right thing to do."

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  • Mental Health Resources AEC Professions at High Risk for Suicide, But Preemptive Approaches Can Help

    When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released suicide statistics by profession earlier this year, the nexus of vocations that make up the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professions ranked uncomfortably high on the list.

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  • Mental Health Resources Addressing mental health issues on the job is the new imperative

    Recent data highlights a surge in suicide rates in the United States to its highest levels in decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall suicide rate rose by 24 percent between 1999 and 2014. Suicide deaths increased from 29,199 in 1999 to 42,773 in 2014.

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  • Mental Health Resources The AEC Industry's Deadly Problem

    Architecture and construction rank high on a recent report listing suicides by occupation. Are these professions doing enough to ensure the mental health of practitioners and students?

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  • Mental Health Resources The Impact of a Suicide Prevention Strategy on Reducing the Economic Cost of Suicide in the New South Wales Construction Industry

    Suicidal behavior has gained recognition worldwide as a significant public health problem. In Australia, suicide is a leading cause of death with 2,273 deaths (aged over 15 years) in 2011 (1,747 male deaths and 546 female deaths), representing 1.5% of all deaths over the age of 15 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2013b). Most deaths by suicide are among people of working age, and suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged 25–44 years and women aged 25–34 years.

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  • Mental Health Resources Build Protective Factors Against Mental Health Crises, Suicide Risk

    When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, published its report on Occupation and Suicide July 1, 2016, the construction/extraction industry was stunned to discover that it was ranked No. 1 for highest numbers of suicide. For those of us in the suicide prevention field, this was confirmation of what we already knew: the construction industry is a perfect storm of risk factors for suicide.

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  • Mental Health Resources Construction Safety's Next Frontier: Suicide Prevention

    The construction industry is experiencing unprecedented attention to mental health and suicide prevention. Progressive contractors with leading safety, health and wellness programs are embracing mental health and suicide prevention as the next frontier in safety. The Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP) was born out of necessity.

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  • News Addressing Opioids in the Workplace

    With the holiday season upon us, it’s a good time to review how your organization is handling opioids and substance abuse.

    More

  • News SMACNA Makes Donation to Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention

    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the construction industry has the highest rate of suicide, as well as the highest number of suicides across all industries.

    More

  • News The Role of Unions in Suicide Prevention

    Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas interviews Chris Carlough, Director of Education for the International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Workers (SMART).

    More

  • News Help prevent suicide in the construction industry—be aware, be prepared

    September is Suicide Prevention Month. The construction industry is at high-risk for this serious mental health issue and is making its prevention a priority.

    More

  • News SMART’s MAP program helps workers with mental health, substance abuse problems

    During the past two years the SMART International Union has been strengthening its Members Assistance Program (MAP), that is designed to help their members and members’ families having difficulty with depression, substance-use disorders, and other mental health-related problems.

    More