Bechtel Partners with American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

May 17, 2024
The partnership hopes to reach 500,000 U.S. construction workers in the next five years.

This May, during Mental Health Awareness month, Bechtel and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) have formed a multiyear partnership dedicated to preventing suicide in the construction industry.

The new partnership will reach 500,000 U.S. construction workers over five years through industry-specific programs and resources developed by Bechtel and AFSP. The $7 million, five-year commitment to AFSP to fund the effort is the largest-ever pledge received by AFSP and the largest single donation ever made by the Bechtel Group Foundation.

The construction industry has one of the highest suicide rates of any profession in the United States. Suicides among construction workers are four times higher than the general population and according to the CDC, the number of suicides in the industry is nearly five times higher than the number of lives lost in job site safety incidents. 

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