Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA)

The Wellness Series: Bringing Suicide Out of the Shadows (Live Online Training)
Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Registration Deadline
Thursday, May 13th, 2021
Event Description

More than one construction worker a day takes his own life in the U.K., three times the U.K. suicide rate for men. In the U.S., the suicide rate among construction workers is four times their national average. In Canada, we don’t know the statistics, but we do know the same risks exist.   The ‘tough guy’ culture is damaging to people’s mental well-being and safety because employees don’t feel comfortable discussing mental health.  We know that the construction is a male dominated industry, and men have higher rates of suicide. In fact, for men between the ages of 25 and 54, suicide is the second biggest cause of death.  Statistics Canada reports that men in the 45-59 age category are at greatest risk and that the suicide rate among males is three times higher than that for females.

Death is always messy and hard to understand, suicide even more so. It’s a broad (and increasing) public-health problem with a million different faces, affected by many factors. Mental illness is one of them, but the CDC in the US also found that experiences such as relationship problems, financial problems, loss of housing, and substance use, among others, contributed to some suicide deaths. The traumas and losses of people’s lives and the ways they respond to them are infinitely varied and context dependent. And that makes suicide hard to talk about. 

But there is hope!  The more we speak in the open about suicide, and reduce our discomfort in the topic, the more lives will be saved.   And this is just what this session is about.

What Will Participants Learn?

  • Why it is believed that the rate of suicide is high in the construction industry.
  • Understand the myths and realities of suicide.
  • Steps you can take if you are concerned about yourself.
  • Steps you can take if you are concerned about others.
  • Tips on how to cope after suicide of someone you know.
  • Available resources.

Presenter: Rochelle Morandini – Morandini Consulting Group


Rochelle Morandini is an independent consultant whose passion is helping people thrive in the workplace.  Rochelle has an extensive background working with organizations and their people across Canada, within a large variety of industries.  Her background is in Human Resources and Organizational Behaviour and has dedicated her career to supporting the people and workplace systems that enhance health and mitigate illness.


Disclaimer: The content of this presentation is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as medical advice.


Workshop Time:  12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Pacific Standard Time (PST)

Contact & Support

Please contact Ally Bodnar at 604-298-7795 or for more information.




All prices in Canadian dollars
Ticket Price
Attendee Registration For Workshop
ICBA Member $40.00
Merit Member $40.00
Non-Member $60.00
Sharing a single registration between two or more individuals is not permitted. Please register each person that will be in attendance.
Agenda (Pacific Time)
10:00am - 11:30am
Additional Information


  1. Computer or laptop
    • This course will involve on-screen interaction with your instructor and classmates, reading/viewing on-screen content (slides or videos), and interacting via typing with questions or responses. For this reason, cell-phones or tablets may not be adequate.
    • Windows 10 or Mac iOS
    • For a full list of Zoom’s requirements click here
    • Downloading of the Zoom app will ensure a much faster experience
  2. Webcam – in order to engage and collaborate, participants will be expected to have their webcams on for the duration of the class
  3. Microphone
  4. Internet connection - For best results, you will want to ensure you have an internet connection with an upload/download speed of 3-5 Mbps. You can test your internet speed here. Minimum recommended speed is 1.5 Mbps, but anything below 3 Mbps may result in loss of quality or buffering. Ideally hardwired connection versus wireless for stability - connect your computer directly to your router using an ethernet cable, rather than using your home wi-fi.
  5. A quiet space with minimal distractions - microphone will be engaged for interactive sessions. Please plan to be fully engaged in the class and clear your work schedule just as you would for the in-class program.  
  6. Comfortable chair 
Cancellation &
Refund Policy



Cancellations received at least 5 business days prior to the webinar date will result in a full refund.


Registrants who do not attend/log into a webinar, and/or who do not notify ICBA of cancellation at least 5 full business days prior to the course date will be assessed the full cost of the webinar. There will be no refunds, transfers, or credits in this case.


Substitution of attendees is permitted up to and including the day of the webinar.




ICBA may have to postpone or cancel webinars due to insufficient enrolment, in which case ICBA’s liability will be limited to a refund of the registration fee.

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