Welcome to Boom Goes The Stigma! BGTS is a production of the Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership (CSPP). According to the CDC, the construction industry has the second-highest rate of suicide and has one of the highest rates of death from overdoses. Our country loses more construction workers to suicide than to Jobsite injuries or accidents. BGTS is a tool that normalizes and elevates the conversation around mental health. On every episode, guests from within and outside the construction industry discuss critical issues, share stories, and, most importantly, blow up the stigma of talking about mental wellness as a sign of weakness.
All of our episodes are on this page, we hope they inform and inspire your efforts to raise awareness and save lives!
Season 1 Trailer:
Boom Goes The Stigma is back! Here is a teaser of what is in store for the upcoming season!
Season 1 | Episode 1
We are excited to share our conversation with Kristina Ewing from Andersen Construction. She discussed the evolving mindset in construction, shared alternative avenues for delivering suicide prevention on the job site, and provided insight on how to embed suicide prevention into the workplace culture.
Kristina is a founding member of the CSPP and helped craft our Action Guide. She brings a unique approach to suicide prevention and mental well-being space.
The Pilot Series
Pilot Episode #1 Flower Power
CSPP talked with Morgan Kellow, an HR coordinator at a large general contractor construction company in Oregon and a member of the Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership (CSPP). We discussed some of the changes in the construction industry around mental health, the importance of language, and staying true to who you are.
Pilot Episode #2 Embedding the Message
CSPP has an engaging conversation with Natalie Cordova, Vice President of Construction Risk Practice at Marsh and a Construction Suicide Prevention Partnership (CSPP) Outreach and Engagement Committee Member. We discussed the importance of community, normalizing mental health conversations, and the value of branding and messaging.
Pilot Episode #3 Texas-Sized Joy
We talked with Michael Hawes, the executive director for the Pacific Northwest Carpenters Institute (PNCI). We discussed how he has transformed prevention ideas into action that transcend stigma to create a safer and more positive work environment.
Pilot Episode #4 Keeping the Conversation Going!
Welcome to our season finale! Max, Anna, and Hunter held a roundtable discussion reflecting on the podcast project. Our discussion included initial inspiration for the show and how we can continue to expand this work.