Did you know that suicide is the No. 2 cause of death for men in the construction industry aged 25-59, with the highest rate occurring between the ages of 40 and 59?
Unfortunately, there is a “tough-guy” stigma in construction that makes it difficult to ask for help. As an industry, we need to make it safe for people to talk about mental health and removing the stigma is vital to encouraging people to speak up and seek help when they need it.
The panel will discuss mental health in the construction industry and how companies can take a proactive approach to reduce the stigma of mental illness by being a champion for attitude, awareness and education.
- Understand how poor mental health affects the job site and what it can cost your business
- Learn the signs of mental health issues, including critical warning signs to notice
- Learn what to do when you sense a co-worker is suffering from mental health issues
- Discover some of the tools available to help you start a mental health committee at your company
Lead Speaker: Trudi Rondou
Trudi Rondou is a senior manager in industry and labour services at WorkSafeBC. She’s spent the last decade working with numerous industry and labour groups to reduce workplace injuries and improve return to work outcomes. Over the last three years, Trudi’s focus has expanded to include workplace mental health. She currently serves as Chair of the BC First Responders Mental Health Committee. Trudi speaks at conferences and gatherings around the province on new and young worker safety, health and safety management systems, and promoting positive mental health in the workplace. She was recently the Master of Ceremonies at the inaugural BC First Responders Mental Health Conference.
Speaker: Donna Grant
Donna Grant is a current member and past Co-Chair of the Scott Construction Mental Health Committee. The Committee is a group of volunteers who have worked together for more than two years to reduce the stigma of mental illness in the workplace and to bring awareness, information, and resources to their co-workers and trades on their job sites. Donna’s career as a Marketing professional has always been highlighted by her passionate involvement in her community. She created and taught Student Motivation & Success programs for local college students, developed the Career Possibilities Speaker Series for Lower Mainland high school students, and founded the Circle of Literacy, a book distribution program that put hundreds of thousands of books in the hands of young readers for more than a decade. Seeing the need for awareness of suicide in the construction industry, Donna has become passionate about this topic as well. She is not a healthcare professional but a person like many of us who has sadly been touched by suicide in her life and wants to do whatever she can to help bring about some much needed change.
Speaker: Vicky Waldron
Vicky Waldron is the Executive Director of Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan, a non-profit organisation providing mental health and substance use services for the organised construction industry in British Columbia. Vicky has a genuine passion for her work within the MH&SU field, she holds a profound belief that everyone deserves dignity, respect and an advocate to fight forthem when they cannot.
Today Vicky calls Vancouver her home, but is originally from London UK, and is a proud east end cockney! After graduating from the university of Bedfordshire in the UK, Vicky spent the next decade working for health authorities, high profile industry leaders, CEO’s and wealthmakers.
Passionate about mental health and substance use the move from the UK led her to the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver helping perhaps some of the most
marginalised and vulnerable populations in North America. Today Vicky uses that passion for mental health and substance use to help change the way the construction industry views substance use, working to change the conversation on this important subject.
When Vicky isn’t glued to her computer screen she enjoys traveling to new countries, snowboarding badly (very badly), and learning all about ‘Canadiana’ and the intricacies of being a Canadian “eh?”