Suicide Prevention Training

The site team investigated the suicide rate within the construction industry and discovered, via The Office of National Statistics, that between 2011 and 2015: people working in construction were 63% more likely to die by suicide than the national average.

  • There were over 1,400 suicides in construction in five years, more than any other profession.
  • This was three times higher than those working as corporate managers, directors and those working in sales.

The site had a representative from MIND deliver Suicide Prevention Training to the team. The training provided helpful information regarding:

  • Group discussions
  • Learning how to approach the subject and to speak clearly and directly
  • How to listen & show empathy
  • Discussing ways of minimising stress
  • Identifying who can help and be contacted (crisis team, GP, family)
  • CPR (current plan, prior behaviour, resources)
  • Not putting yourself in danger
  • Self harm

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Monitor report. Balfour Beatty. North Yorkshire. August 2019.


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