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Suicide Prevention. How to recognize the warning signs of someone who may need help.

Building PA Podcast September 20, 2022 19


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This episode of the Building PA Podcast continues our commitment to talking about mental health and wellness and suicide prevention.

September 4-11 marked the one week set aside to highlight suicide prevention on a national level however, it’s a topic that needs to continue to be at the forefront of conversation among all professions, especially in the construction industry. 

This month we’ve thrown out a lot of statistics about suicide in the construction industry and the number of deaths by suicide is staggering. Recognizing the warning signs is a great first step in helping to move the needle on this national crisis. 

Our guest today, Rich Jones, clinical therapist, a recovering addict, and chief clinical officer with YouTurn Health talks openly about his addiction and the importance of recognizing the signs that someone may need help. 

Jones says, “It can start with a simple question, are you OK?”  Jones believes the solution is in peer-to-peer conversations and humans supporting humans. He encourages people to set aside their old ways of thinking and the stigma associated with not being ok and slowly start to open up and engage co-workers, friends, and family who are showing signs that they may need help.

YouTurn Health is a virtual program that provides comprehensive addiction recovery and education and support. You can learn more at youtrunhealth.com. 

If you or someone you know needs immediate help or support, call or text the national suicide crisis hotline, 988.

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