Webinar Sept. 8 to discuss suicide in the construction industry


Mental health is a growing concern in the construction industry. A 2020 report from the CDC shows that suicide among the U.S. working-age population is increasing, and that construction and extraction occupations have the highest rates of death by suicide in any occupational group.

The first step in addressing this is talking about it.

The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA )will host a webinar Thursday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. Central Time (2 p.m. Eastern) as part of National Suicide Prevention Month and Construction Suicide Prevention Week to discuss the impact of suicide, signs and symptoms to be aware of, and contributing factors such as high rates of opioid use disorder.

Panelists will also share information about efforts undertaken and available resources from CPWR, OSHA, the Missouri AFL-CIO, the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP), and others.

The webinar will be moderated by Jessica Bunting, MPH, Research to Practice (r2p) Director, CPWR and a member of the board of trustees of  Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP).


Panelists will include:

  • John Gaal, EdD, CHW, Worker Wellness Director – Missouri Works Initiative (Mo AFL-CIO)
  • Karena Lorek, Area Director, OSHA Kansas City Area Office
  • Christopher Rodman, MPH, Opioid Projects Coordinator, CPWR.

Click here to register and submit advance questions for the panelists.


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