• Construction industry series: Owners STAND Up for Suicide Prevention

      Beyer, Cal (Matrix Group Pubishing, 2020)
      COVID-19 continues to unleash a fury of stress, anxiety, and uncertainty on the global economy. Before COVID-19 struck, society and the construction industry had challenges with mental health, substance use disorders, and suicide. One small silver lining is that the construction industry had a solution to these challenges in the Construction Industry Alliance for Suicide Prevention (CIASP; www.preventconstructionsuicide.com). According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the construction workforce is deemed to be at high risk for suicide. Construction is the industry with the highest number of suicides among all occupations. Moreover, construction has the second highest rate of suicide among all occupations following only the mining and oil/gas extraction industry group. The rate in the United States for construction industry workforce is over three times the rate for the general population (45.3 per 100,000 workers vs. 14.2 per 100,000 population).
    • EAP and COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Child Care Programs - CDC Report

      The reopening of child care programs is crucial to helping parents and guardians return to work. Many States have closed schools for the academic year and, with summer quickly approaching, an increasing number of working parents may need to rely on these programs. CDC’s Interim Guidance for Administrators of US K-12 Schools and Child Care Programs and supplemental Guidance for Child Care Programs that Remain Open provide recommendations for operating child care programs in low, moderate, and significant mitigation communities. In communities that are deemed significant mitigation areas by State and local authorities, child care programs should be closed. However, child care programs can choose to remain open to serve children of essential workers, such as healthcare workers. All decisions about following these recommendations should be made locally, in collaboration with local health officials who can help determine levels of COVID-19 community transmission and the capacities of the local public health system and healthcare systems.