Talking about depression and suicide is never easy and it can be even harder when you have to overcome stereotypes and stigmas attached to the topics.
But Wellness Coordinator Meredith Baciak has made it her mission to change the conversation at Miron Construction and build a supportive culture that helps detect people at risk and prevent suicidal behavior. This week, during Construction Suicide Prevention Week, Miron will have those conversations during its daily excellence huddles and will share personal experiences, videos and prevention related resources in daily newsletters.
“My goal is completely break down the stigma barriers,” Baciak said.
In 2021, Miron surveyed staff and found some depression and anxiety. Baciak said burnout, stress from COVID pandemic disruptions and some stereotypical attitudes among the largely male workforce contributed to the challenges.