Suicide: Know the Risks - August 2020

By Maggie Mortali, Senior Director, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Sun, Aug 30, 2020

As you know, there are many safety and health issues associated with managing a roofing company. And because you must focus on fall protection, material handling and hazard communication, to name a few things, you might be overlooking an important issue: suicide prevention.

Suicide is a serious public health problem that affects individuals, families and communities, including workplaces. In 2018, the most recent year national data is available, 48,344 people in the US died by suicide, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And among individuals 16 to 64 years of age, the CDC says the suicide rate has increased 42 percent in less than two decades (12.9 per 100,000 in 2000 to 18.3 per 100,000 in 2018). Read More.

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