The importance of mental health awareness has increased as the Nation and State saw unprecedented times during the current Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Pandemic. In the wake of important conversations surrounding mental health, suicide prevention, and substance use disorders we recognize the role AGC of California, and member companies can play in elevating the overall message. In September, AGC of California launched a groundbreaking new Mental Health Initiative during suicide prevention month. The goal was to build awareness through training and education, guide the industry with key resources, and lift up, support, and buoy the industry.
Building a more resilient California requires the voices of all Californians at the table. To achieve this, the Safety & Health Council believes the overall well-being of Californians is paramount. In order to elevate the conversation during Mental Health Awareness Month, the Safety & Health Council voted to approve a Mental Health Awareness Month Initiative starting on May 9, 2022, by initiating a call to action for all AGC of California members to provide individual stand-downs on their respective job-sites throughout the month of May for Mental Health Awareness Month.
The stand-downs are an opportunity for employers to have conversations with you about mental health, which encompasses suicide prevention, and substance use disorders such as alcoholism, and opioids. It gives each employer the opportunity to discuss the company/union’s safety policies, goals, and value each company has for every employee and worker.