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Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

Chris Lalevee with Operators Local 825 Opens Up about Mental Health and Paying it Forward

Building PA Podcast September 19, 2023 108


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To further acknowledge Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, we reached out to Chris Lalevee, a business agent affiliated with the Operating Engineers Local 825. In an exclusive one-on-one interview, Chris opened up about a period in his life when he faced significant challenges, including anxiety, depression, and resorting to self-medication as a means of coping.

Lalevee recognized that at that time when he turned to his health plan for resources in psychiatry and for mental health nothing existed.

Fast forward to today, Lalevee shares how he turned his personal struggles into a personal mission to help fellow Operators and people in construction find the help they need.

We’re inspired by the support he’s received from his union and the initiatives Lalevee has been able to put into place so others do not have to feel the burden or struggle Lalevee felt over a decade ago.

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