May is Mental Health Month

Very likely, not many of you know that May is Mental Health Month; and is observed by numerous local and national mental/behavioral health organizations as a time to focus on mental well-being and to promote awareness, education and resources.

FNF is excited to be a part of a growing construction community who recognize the risk factors inherent to our industry, and want to bring awareness and education to our employees.  Expanding our well known “ZAP – Zero Accidents Program” full circle to include “Zero Suicides” as well.

No different than physical health, mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being; and, just like many physical issues, mental illnesses are common and treatable. But people experience symptoms of mental illnesses differently—and some engage in potentially dangerous or risky behaviors to avoid or cover up symptoms of a potential mental health problem.  Whether as a friend, family member or co-worker, it is incumbent on us to watch, listen and observethose around us; because, as some of the posters you have seen around the office and jobsites state:  We are all in this together!
What activities do I need to watch, listen and observe?

  • Talking about wanting to die    
  • Feeling hopeless, desperate, trapped
  • Giving away possessions
  • Putting affairs in order
  • Reckless behavior
  • Anger
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Withdrawal from family, friends or co-workers
  • Anxiety or agitation
  • Sleep pattern changes
  • Sudden mood changes
  • No sense of purpose

The pain isn’t always obvious. But by recognizing the warning signs of suicide, knowing how to start a conversation and where to turn for help, you have the power to make a difference – the power to save a life!  If you think someone is suicidal, take it seriously.  While the question “Are you thinking of ending your life?” is a very difficult thing to ask, it may be the most important question you may ever ask.  Help is available through the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or dial 911 for life threatening emergencies.

For employees seeking resources to assist with a broad spectrum of life stressors, call our Employee Assistance Program, Curalinc/Supportlinc at 1-888-881-5462.  The services are free and totally confidential.
For employees whose  “stress points” seem to trend towards the legal side of life, or for identity theft concerns, contact our Human Resource Department for information on our IDShield/LegalShield program.
For additional resources, articles and recent activities in the suicide prevention arena, go to www.cfma.org and click on “Industry News & Advocacy”.

FNF, supporting a Zero Suicide Industry!

 

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