Scott Construction Group
Session Synopsis: Suicide and the Construction Industry
A Proactive Approach to Mental Wellness at Work
The number two cause of death among men 19 – 54 in the construction industry is suicide. Our job sites can be the front lines for suicide prevention, if we choose to take it on. Learn how one construction company chose to be proactive with mental health in their workplace, training all staff to spot the red flags of suicide and know what to say to make a difference to someone in crisis.
Donna Grant has been a member of the Scott Construction Group Mental Health Committee since she joined the company in 2016. Certified in Mental Health First Aid, she and the members of the committee have crafted an award-winning program to support mental health and remove the stigma of mental illness from their workplace. Donna has charted a unique course as a marketing professional in the Lower Mainland for more than 30 years, creating programs for post-secondary student motivation and wellness, writing and editing for numerous business publications and health & wellness books, as well as managing marketing departments for multiple companies in the construction and environmental realms. She is also the Director of Community for the Canadian Construction Women Association. Donna is passionate about creating solutions for community needs, founding the Circle of Literacy book donation program and Career Possibilities student speaker series.