On-demand Webinars

May 9, 2024

Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Construction: The Next Dimension of Safety





Webinar Overview

With a suicide rate that is four times greater than the national average, the construction industry is facing a crisis. Construction workers are at a heightened risk for suicide for a variety of reasons that can all be addressed – starting with changing the culture in the workplace.

This webinar with Sonya Bohmann, Executive Director at Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention, will provide strategies to help construction firms develop a company culture that promotes well-being through:

  • Understanding risk factors and early warning signs of mental health crises
  • Creating a caring culture
  • Providing resources and training to create awareness of mental health and prevent suicide


Sonya Bohmann

Executive Director, Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention 

Sonya Bohmann is the Executive Director for the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention a 501 c (3) that was started in 2018. CIASP’s mission is to provide and disseminate information and resources for suicide prevention and mental health promotion in construction with the goal of creating a zero- suicide industry.
Sonya comes from a reconstruction background having spent over a decade in the commercial remodel and refresh and facilities maintenance space. Giving her the unique understanding of how the industry works as well as the mental health challenges faced daily by construction workers. This experience has given her insight into how companies both large and small are tackling this worker crisis and what work still needs to be done.
As a loss survivor, the topic of suicide prevention and awareness is always top of mind. Sitting on several non-profit boards, herself such as the TKD Foundation, the Delaware County Suicide Prevention Task Force and The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Sonya is keenly aware of the work that we still must do to erase the stigma around creating a culture that is smart about Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. Having given over 50 presentations on the topic, it has become a personal mission to educate and bring awareness and a voice to those who may be silent. The simple act of Starting the Conversation and creating a safe and open space for dialogue really does save lives.


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