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Shining Light on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Mental health is an invisible crisis in the Architecture-Engineering-Construction (AEC) industries. This includes the pre-cast & pre-stressed concrete industry. A rising number of workers and their families are experiencing rising levels of stress and anxiety. Nationally in the AEC construction industries, more workers die annually by suicide than by all occupational injuries combined. Learn how a culture of caring and wellbeing can reduce the serious risks of substance misuse and suicide. This session focuses on WHY these topics are an imperative for AEC leaders at all levels. Learn what you and your company can do to help promote mental wellbeing and reduce risk of suicide among your workforce and in our industry. 

CEU Credit: 1.0 PDH credit (please note that AIA credit is not being offered)

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate how to break the stigma of mental health and suicide.
  2. Illustrate why mental health, substance misuse and suicide prevention are workplace safety and health issues.
  3. Identify the industry and demographic risk factors that lead to suicide.
  4. Outline action steps to address these issues in your organization.

Presenter: Cal Beyer, CWP is a human capital risk management and wellbeing consultant. He has over 30 years of construction and manufacturing risk management and safety experience. He serves on the Executive Committee for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention and the Lived Experience Advisory Committee of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center. He is a strategic partner with national nonprofit SAFE Project (Stop the Addiction Fatality Epidemic).

Beyer helped launch the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention in 2016 while working for an asphalt producer and paving contractor in the Pacific Northwest. Engineering News-Record named him a Top 25 Newsmaker for 2016. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) presented him with the Mental Health Industry Advocacy Award in 2022. Cal is a frequent speaker at industry events and a regular contributor to various industry publications.

Availability: On-Demand
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 PDH Credit
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