It is with a heavy heart that we share the recent news that our long-time steering committee member and fierce suicide prevention advocate, Barb Mares, died unexpectedly on April 29. Barb was the area director for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for Greater Kansas City and will be deeply missed.

Obituary: https://www.amosfamily.com/obituary/Barbara-Mares

About Us

In 2020, a mission-driven group of volunteers from across the construction industry came together with one goal: to save lives. They collaborated to launch the inaugural Construction Suicide Prevention Week — a week dedicated to raising awareness about the high number of suicides in the industry, and to provide resources to help prevent those deaths.

Every year, during September — National Suicide Prevention Month — the construction industry dedicates a week to raising awareness about the unique challenges workers face in construction, how it can lead to suicide, and what we can do to prevent it. Together, we can save lives.

2024 cspw STEERING COMMITTEE

Jeff Gamble, Chair

Jeff Gamble, Chair

Clarkson Construction Company

Josh Vitale, Vice Chair

Josh Vitale, Vice Chair

Hoffman Construction Company

Patrick Bainbridge

Patrick Bainbridge

Kansas City VA Medical Center

Braden Beal

Braden Beal

IMA Financial Group, Inc.

Phyllis Blackwelder

Phyllis Blackwelder

AFSP-Missouri Chapter

Mark Dyke

Mark Dyke

Collaborative Counseling Group

Kari English

Kari English

Home Builders Association of Greater Kansas City

Scott Kollasch

Scott Kollasch

Tria Health

Chris Lalevee

Chris Lalevee

IUOE Local 825

Karena Lorek

Karena Lorek

DOL-OSHA Kansas City Area Office

Barb Mares

Barb Mares

AFSP-Greater Kansas Chapter

Kara (Houck) McCaffrey

Kara (Houck) McCaffrey

Houck Group, Inc.

Mandy McIntyre

Mandy McIntyre

Level Up Consultants

Elizabeth Morales

Elizabeth Morales

DOL-OSHA Kansas City Area Office

Kimberly Robinson

Kimberly Robinson

DOL-OSHA Kansas City Area Office

Tom Ruzicka

Tom Ruzicka

Delta Innovative Services, Inc.

Nazia Shah

Nazia Shah

AGC of America

Joe Tiernan

Joe Tiernan

Holmes Murphy & Associates

Anne Wright

Anne Wright

JE Dunn Construction Company

2024 cspw Supporting staff

Angela Crawford

Angela Crawford

Executive Director

Isabelle Wahlert

Isabelle Wahlert

Project Manager