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AGC/CFMA 24th Annual Construction Financial Management Conference

S4 - What’s Under the Hardhat: Mental Health & Wellbeing in the Construction Workplace

Nov 2, 2020 2:15pm ‐ Nov 2, 2020 3:30pm


Mental health and well-being are an invisible crisis in construction. Before the pandemic, the construction workforce had issues with mental health, substance use disorders and suicide risk. These issues have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Employees are the core strategic asset in human capital risk management. Many construction companies have been successfully addressing these “elephants in the room.” Has your company considered the hidden costs and risks of not adequately addressing mental and behavioral health of your workers? Learn how a holistic approach to well-being can reduce the serious risks associated with presenteeism.

This session is designated for 1.5 CPE credit in the field of Specialized Knowledge

Learning Objectives:

  • Why mental and behavioral health is the invisible crisis in construction
  • The hidden costs and risks of not addressing mental health in your company
  • Why drug testing is no longer enough
  • Impact of presenteeism on productivity, quality, risk and safety
  • Understand how physical and mental health comorbidities escalate claim costs
  • How to institute a holistic approach to well-being to reduce risks and costs

Information Links

Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention: Downloadable Resources include Posters and Toolbox Talks


Cal Beyer Article in Building Profits (sept/Oct 2020) on Mental Health and Wellbeing in Construction


Center for Workplace Mental Health

  1. Mental Health Calculator: http://workplacementalhealth.org/Employer-Resources/Mental-Health-Calculators
  1. Construction Case Studies: http://workplacementalhealth.org/Case-Studies/Case-Study-Search-Results?searchtext=Lakeside
  1. Notice.Talk.Act. Online Training for Managers: http://workplacementalhealth.org/Employer-Resources/Notice-Talk-Act-at-Work

Right Direction for Me (Depression Campaign for individuals and Employers)


LEARN Saves Lives Suicide Prevention Toolkit Webpage

Forefront Suicide Prevention (University of Washington School of Social Work)


Substance Misuse Articles:

  1. AGG’s Constructor

Risk Of Relapse For Alcohol And Substance Abuse During And After Covid-19


  1. ABC Construction Executive

The Elephant in the Room: Tackling Alcohol and Substance Use in Construction


  1. Construction Business Owner

6 Steps to Prevent Substance Misuse in Your Workforce


2 minute video featuring Lakeside Industries -- Opioids & Suicide Prevention

State of WA Dept of Labor & Industries


Joyages -- Free Suicide Prevention Videos

9 videos between 2.5 to 4 minutes in length


Man Therapy (uses humor to break stigma):


Kevin Hines Story

5 Min video – I Jumped off Golden Gate Bridge and Survived: https://youtu.be/WcSUs9iZv-g

website: http://www.kevinhinesstory.com/

CSDZ Blog:


Cal Beyer Contact Information:


cell: 651/307-7883

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