CSC Supports Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Workshop

Creating Caring Cultures in Construction

June 19, 2019

2pm ~  Gibson's Steakhouse  ~  Oakbrook IL


2:00 pm - Check-in 
2:30 pm - Program 
4:30 pm - Networking Reception until 6:00 pm

Construction has a higher number of deaths by suicide than any other industry.  Firms have programs in place to prevent injury and death in less risky safety areas, yet many employers do not have programs in place to address mental illness and suicide prevention.

Effective safety cultures are “caring cultures.” This two-hour interactive program will help companies elevate their efforts towards safety AND mental health programs.  While most safety initiatives focus on getting our employees home safely, we must also ensure that our workers return safely and healthy the next day.

Participation in this program will help you understand that mental illness is a physical illness that creates production, safety and performance problems.  We can’t ignore the capital and human cost it has on our businesses.  Leave this session prepared to create awareness in your organization and implement lifesaving mental health support programs by:

  • Identifying risk factors for suicide in the construction industry
  • Understanding the Up-, Mid-, and Down-Stream approach to protective systems
  • Recognizing performance and social warning signs
  • Using the Suicide Prevention Needs Analysis & Integration Checklist (hands-on in session) to conduct a needs analysis of your organization’s current business practices and policies
  • Developing a plan based on the Suicide Prevention Needs Analysis & Integration Checklist, identifying the challenges of implementation and discussing ways to overcome obstacles
  • Obtaining Suicide Prevention resources available to use, share, and take back to work immediately

This workshop is provided FREE of charge thanks to the generous premier sponsorship of BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois and the supporting sponsorship of the Construction Safety Council.

We strongly encourage CEO, CFO, HR/Training and Safety personnel to participate in this valuable session addressing an important topic impacting construction. To ensure access to all members please limit registrations to four representatives from any CFMA/CAGC member firm


David James is the former CFO for FNF Construction, Inc., a heavy/highway contractor based in Tempe, AZ. He brings nearly 40 years of financial experience to the construction industry. David is an active CFMA member both locally and nationally, and is involved in other industry associations such as AGC, ARPA, and ATRA. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Arizona Society of CPAs, and Valley Leadership. David is the recipient of CFMA’s Debra Hahn and Joe Quigley Memorial Awards, and was presented the Valley of the Sun Presidents Award in 2015. In 2016, David was appointed to the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, and serves on the Construction Committee within this group. He also serves on the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention.