To counter this, members of the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA) Portland Chapter have organized the “Suicide Prevention Summit”. This half day collaboration between construction and mental health professionals, will explore suicide prevention for the construction industry. By targeting construction industry CEOs, CFOs, Human Resource professionals, along with Safety and Risk managers, this event will provide a wealth of knowledge to professionals in the industry.
The Summit is scheduled for November 16, 2016 at The Oregon Zoo, 4001 SW Canyon Road,
Portland Oregon 97221, from 8:00am to 12:00pm.
According to Dr. Sally Spencer-Thomas, CEO and Co-Founder of the Carson J Spencer Foundation, “In this male-dominated industry, the stoic, macho ‘tough guy’ culture creates barriers to seeking help and acknowledging emotional problems.”
Cal Beyer, Executive Committee member for the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, further explains, “This summit is a major step forward for the construction industry. We are succeeding in breaking down the stigma of mental health and helping construction companies build a caring culture to integrate mental health into safety, health, and wellness programs.” Beyer and Spencer-Thomas are leading an initiative for the construction industry on mental health and suicide prevention.
Summit attendees will connect with community mental health professionals, learn how their industry peers are approaching this issue, and gain resources to help promote mental health and suicide prevention as part of their companies’ overall health initiatives. Beyer and Spencer-Thomas will be joined by Portland’s own Judy Cushing founder of Lines for Life to present the keynote addresses. Additionally, a panel made up of a mix of construction industry professionals, the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and Lines for Life will discuss how they have been personally affected and how to open the dialog about mental health and suicide in your own organizations.
Dave Wright, Executive Vice President and CFO of Hunter-Davisson, Inc. says, “I joined the board of NAMI Oregon because I am passionate about eliminating the stigma that accompanies mental illness. Cal Beyer’s publication on Suicide in the Construction Industry is groundbreaking and has started a movement aimed at awareness that I want to be a part of. As leaders in the construction industry, we have an opportunity to change the way people view mental illness and this summit will help us learn how.”
Stuart Binstock, CFMA President & CEO, further details, “CFMA is dedicating resources toward suicide prevention for one simple reason: If one accepts the premise that our members are responsible for the financial resources of a company and that the health and safety of human capital is one of the most important financial resources, then how could we not get involved in educating the construction industry about this topic?”
Media coverage of this event is encouraged by registering HERE and following the Suicide Prevention CFMA conversation at #SuicidePreventionCFMA. This event is free to participants, thanks to the generous support by both the construction and behavioral health communities. Sponsors may be viewed on the CFMA Portland Chapter website.