Suicide Prevention Month
September is Suicide Prevention Month, and Faith Technologies Incorporated (FTI) has taken the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention pledge to stand up for suicide prevention in our industry. The construction industry has the highest suicide rate of any other occupation. Over 5,000 people working in construction die by suicide each year.
As part of the suicide prevention pledge, FTI pledges to foster a culture where team members feel safe to ask for help if they are having suicidal thoughts or if they are concerned that a fellow worker is at risk of suicide. We pledge to make suicide prevention training available to all team members so they can recognize the warning signs and be equipped to help those at risk. We pledge to raise awareness by sharing the message of suicide prevention through ongoing communication. We pledge to normalize the topic of suicide prevention as a health and safety priority by talking about suicide, suicide prevention and mental health. We pledge to help decrease the risk of suicide in construction by ensuring that all team members have access to and awareness of our free and confidential Employee Assistance Program, behavioral health benefits, screening tools and community crisis support such as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Crisis Text Line.
In most cases with proper treatment, mental health conditions can be managed and overcome, with those experiencing them having full and productive lives. However, if signs and symptoms are ignored and not treated, these conditions can lead to persons being distracted, less productive than normal and possibly unsafe and unable to perform their normal jobs. Because of this, mental health is an important aspect of job site safety.
At FTI, we discuss physical safety on a daily basis, focusing on keeping ourselves and our co-workers safe from bodily harm. It is just as important to include mental well-being in these daily discussions. Our team members perform Culture of Care Check-ins with one another, to ensure that all team members know they can safely open up to talk about what’s going on in their headspace and ask for help if they need it.
You truly never know when you may encounter someone in a crisis situation. Being prepared and knowing how to handle those situations can save a life of someone you care about! Offering mental health training for your team members can prepare them to support coworkers or even family or friends who may be in crisis. Mental health training organizations such as A World Without Suicide can help protect the mental well-being and psychological safety of your teams.
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, call or text the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 for immediate help. Get resources for yourself or be the difference for someone you care about.