Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out icba.ca/wellness for details.

As we enter our second calendar year of ICBA Wellness offerings, I’m pleased to report that we have a few more themes to go, and Wellness Wednesday will continue on for the foreseeable future.

But I did want to reflect on a full year of the program, and what’s it meant to our construction industry.

There is no miracle cure for the mental health crisis that faces society, or the suicide, addiction and overdose numbers that have come along with it. This is not easy, simple work – these are complex, deeply personal issues that we have to work through.

ICBA Wellness’ first and foremost goal is to get the conversation on mental health started. We spend a lot of time talking about how to cut through the stigma around mental wellness. And we have been successful in construction – more workers, employers, and workplaces are addressing these issues than ever before. We have equipped thousands of people to understand how they can be healthier mentally, physically, financially, emotionally, and relationally.

Here’s to continuing to push against the stigma and helping as many construction professionals as we can!

ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 75 companies and 7,000+ construction professionals better understand mental health. The program is free for ICBA members — see icba.ca/wellness.