This week, my daughter graduated high school – an achievement marking the culmination of years of hard work and perseverance. As she walked across the stage to receive her diploma, I couldn’t help but be overjoyed and proud of her.

Experts tell us that milestones like high school graduation are crucial to one’s mental health. They serve as tangible reminders of our progress and accomplishments, boosting self-esteem and confidence. Celebrating these moments reinforces the idea that hard work and determination lead to success, making future challenges seem more achievable.

Milestones are also about reflection. They allow us to pause and appreciate the journey we’ve taken, recognizing the support of family, friends, and others along the way. This sense of gratitude and connection is essential for our emotional well-being, fostering a sense of belonging and community.

To all the Graduates of 2024: you’re amazing! Congratulations and we at ICBA wish you all the best in everything you set out to accomplish.

Each week, ICBA’s Jordan Bateman reflects on what we’ve learned as we participate in ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program. ICBA’s Workplace Wellness Program is helping more than 100 companies and more than 10,000 construction professionals better understand mental health. This program is free for all ICBA members – check out for details.