The construction industry continuously strives to make safety management a core value and practice – aiming toward attaining zero incidents and injuries. Still, a recent report by the CDC shared that construction/extraction ranks #2 for occupations with the highest suicide rates and #1 for highest numbers. Thus, recently an expanded emphasis on behavioral safety approaches challenges business owners to widen these definitions of what it means to value health and safety. A construction industry initiative addressing mental health and suicide prevention is ushering in a new frontier for safety.
Using science, stories – and even a touch of humor – Dr. Spencer-Thomas engages and inspires participants and invites them to “be bold” to lead their companies in psychological health and safety.
Bio for Sally Spencer Thomas:
Sally Spencer-Thomas is a clinical psychologist, inspirational international speaker and an impact entrepreneur. Dr. Spencer-Thomas was moved to work in suicide prevention after her younger brother, a Denver entrepreneur, died of suicide after a difficult battle with bipolar condition. Known nationally and internationally as an innovator in social change, Spencer-Thomas has helped start up multiple large-scale, gap filling efforts in mental health including the award-winning campaign Man Therapy and was a recent invited speaker at the White House. Her goal is to elevate the conversation and make suicide prevention a health and safety priority in our schools, workplaces and communities. She has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver, Masters in Non-profit Management from Regis University, a Bachelors in Psychology and Studio Art with a Minor in Economics from Bowdoin College. She has written four books on mental health and violence prevention