How and When to Talk to Workers About Mental Health and Suicide Prevention


  • Feb 01, 2023 09:00 AM – 11:00 PM


  • Elevate - Business and Events Center
  • 4100 Westown Pkwy
  • West Des Moines, IA 50266
Fee Type of Fee
$119 / Person - MBI Members (In Person and Virtual)
$150 /Per Person - Construction Update Subscribers & Non-Members (In Person and Virtual)

Presenter: Cal Beyer, CWP, Holmes Murphy & Associates - Waukee, IA 

This session will focus on when AND how to talk to construction workers about behavioral health. Learn techniques to break stigma around mental health and to create psychologically safe and mentally healthy workplace cultures. We will highlight specific opportunities to talk to construction workers about mental wellbeing, substance use disorders, opioid risk reduction, and suicide prevention.

 Emphasis will be on how to encourage employees to access an Employee Assistance Program, use crisis hotlines, or tap into community-based non-profit and social service organizations. In addition, we will include an overview of the LEARN Saves Lives® model for engaging workers in discussion around suicide prevention.


  • Recognize the services available from an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Identify the warning signs of emotional pain and suicide
  • Demonstrate the LEARN Saves Lives® model for safety conversations 
  • Share resources for employers to reach employees and families

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