“In 2018, 1,008 construction workers died on-the-job. That same year, 5,432 construction workers died by suicide (over 5x higher).”
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
Suicide rates and numbers are highest in the construction industry, especially among middle aged men. Suicide is complicated and tragic, but it is often preventable. Suicidal thoughts should always be taken seriously. What can we do to help our loved ones who are suffering? If you think someone is suicidal, stay with them and contact a professional. If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you would like to talk, you can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 800-273-8255, or call one of your Local 28 MAP counselors Molly, Bill or Santiago. We have provided some very helpful information for you below:
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
"Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month — a time to raise awareness on this stigmatized, and often taboo, topic. In addition to shifting public perception, we use this month to spread hope and vital information to people affected by suicide. Our goal is ensuring that individuals, friends and families have access to the resources they need to discuss suicide prevention and to seek help.
Throughout the month of September, NAMI will highlight “Together for Mental Health,” which encourages people to bring their voices together to advocate for better mental health care, including a crisis response system. NAMI wants any person experiencing suicidal thoughts or behaviors to have a number to call, a system to turn to, that would connect them to the treatment and support they need.
Learn More at NAMI.org
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
"The causes of suicide are complex and determined by multiple combinations of factors, such as mental illness, substance abuse, painful losses, exposure to violence, and social isolation. Warning signs that may mean someone is at risk include:
Learn More at SAMHSA
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
"Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S. and the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24 and these rates are increasing. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has compiled a list of helpful resources for parents and caregivers, children and teens, mental health providers, educators and school staff, and policy makers."
Learn More at NCTSN
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Please always keep in mind that Local 28 MAP’s Counselors and Peers, as well as Beacon MAP, are always available to talk (Contact Info available on the MAP Homepage or by clicking HERE).