You Can’t Fix Your Mental Health with Duct Tape: Suicide Prevention and Wellbeing in Construction

When:  Feb 20, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM (CT)
Associated with  Kansas City

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Please join us for a presentation by Sally Spencer-Thomas about suicide prevention and wellbeing promotion in the construction industry.  Please register by February 15th.

OVERVIEW:  The construction industry continuously strives to make safety management a core value and practice – aiming toward attaining zero incidents and injuries. Still, a recent report by the CDC shared that construction/extraction ranks #1 for occupations with the highest suicide rates and for highest numbers. Thus, many industry leaders now expand definitions of what it means to value health and safety with a new emphasis on psychological safety. A construction industry initiative addressing mental health and suicide prevention is ushering in a new frontier for safety.

Tragically, too many business owners have faced the heartbreak of losing an employee to suicide. Because mental health conditions and suicidal thoughts are often invisible to the outside world, many people do not realize how common these challenges are.  This presentation lets construction leaders know they are not alone when facing these challenges and provides proven strategies in building a comprehensive and sustained approach to saving lives.

Using science, stories, strategies – and even a touch of humor – Dr. Spencer-Thomas engages and inspires participants and invites them to “be bold” to lead their companies in psychological health and safety.

About Sally Spencer-Thomas:

Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and the nation’s first initiative for suicide prevention in the workplace, Working Minds.

In 2016 she was an invited speaker at the White House where she presented on men’s mental health. In her recent TEDx Talk she shares her goal to elevate the conversation to make mental health promotion and suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities.

She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, Masters in Non-profit Management from Regis University, a Bachelors in Psychology and Studio Art with a Minor in Economics from Bowdoin College. She has written four books on mental health and violence prevention. She lives with her partner and three sons in Conifer, Colorado.

Event Details:
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Time: Registration begins at 7:30am with coffee and breakfast sponsored by CBIZ MHM.  The program will begin at 8:00am.

Place: CBIZ MHM, LLC, 700 West 47th Street, Suite 1100, Kansas City, MO 64112
Parking: There is a free parking garage across the street from the CBIZ MHM building, located on the South side of W. 47th Street (between Madison Avenue and Jefferson Street).

Cost: $30 member / $35 non-member
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700 West 47th Street
Suite 1100
Kansas City, MO 64112

Pricing Information

Registration Price
CFMA-Member $30.00
Non-CFMA-Member $35.00