In May, the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America launched a new section of the Health Promotion’s website dedicated to mental health resources. With one in four adults suffering from a diagnosable mental illness in a given year, the LHSFNA is providing information and links to resources to help those in need.

“Though mental health issues are getting more attention in the media,” says Armand E. Sabitoni, LIUNA’s General Secretary Treasurer and the Labor Co-chairman of the LHSFNA, “we know some members do not know where to go for help or are reluctant to ask someone they know for assistance. These new web pages should help.”

Two pages of resources were developed. The first is the Mental Health Information and Resources page. It features the Laborers’ Mental Health Resource Center, which has links and phone numbers to several organizations such as the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The second resource page was developed specifically with veterans’ mental health needs in mind. Among its many highlights, the Mental Health Resources for Veterans section directs users to organizations and websites that can help those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and brain injuries.

Visit the Mental Health Information and Resources page online. The LHSFNA also offers publications for employers and union officials on handling traumatic events on the jobsite. Order Laborers’ Workplace Trauma Stress Response Program and Critical Incident Stress Debriefingonline.

[Jennifer E. Jones]