The Freeman Report

Dr. Vince Hafeli on Suicide in the Construction Industry

February 18, 2024 J. Kenneth Freeman
The Freeman Report
Dr. Vince Hafeli on Suicide in the Construction Industry
Show Notes

Sometime in 2007, Dr. Vince Hafeli got into his truck after dinner at home and started driving.  Was he on his way to the store, the office or perhaps even a sporting event?  No he was headed to the place where he was going to take his own life.  A phone call made him stop.  Who made the call and how did impact his decision not to take his own life. You will need to listen to this episode to find out the answers.

The rate of suicide in the construction industry is 4.3 times higher than the national average.  Why is that?  Dr. Hafeli and I discuss why the rate is so high and what drives people in our industry, and basically anyone, to even consider taking their own life.  

Just about everyone knows of someone that committed suicide but did we see it coming?  Dr. Hafeli contemplated his suicide for over a year and it had actually been building up for eighteen years.  In  2007,  Vince was an executive with a major paving company in Central Florida.  Today he is president of the company.  The point - it can happen to anyone.

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