Mental Health & Addictions Assistance through DC38

The start of the New Year can be a difficult time for folks. Winter can be dark, cold and dreary and many find themselves feeling overwhelmed by the debt of the holiday season or the isolation of social distancing. As a member of DC38, you have access to resources that are specifically designed for construction industry workers and their families.

Construction Industry Rehab Plan (CIRP)

Construction workers face many challenges on the job, from the demands of high productivity to extreme danger if strict safety guidelines aren’t followed.  This past year, COVID-19 has added stress to many of our lives, and suicide rates and addiction continue to rise.

As a member of DC38, you have access to mental health and addiction care.  The Construction Industry Rehab Plan (CIRP) offers a wide array of services to meet the mental health and addiction care needs of all BC Building Trades members, and all Construction Labour Relations Association of BC employees and their families, both adults and children.

On their website you will find a list of their services, as well as links to videos, webinars, resources, and information on harm reduction.  If you or a family member are in need of their services, please contact them directly through their webpage.

IUPAT Helping Hand

Working in the building and construction trades can be a challenging career.  Wanting to invest in the mental wellness of their members, IUPAT created the Helping Hand website to help combat high suicide and addiction rates among those working in the construction industry.  Construction workers are three times more likely to take their own life than the rest of the population, and IUPAT wants to be instrumental in changing the culture of construction.

The IUPAT Helping Hand website offers information, downloadable posters, and website links to help employers, coworkers, and family members recognize the signs of suicidal ideation and/or substance use. Their goal is to work together to help prevent deaths by suicide and to encourage members to reach out and take advantage of the help that is available.

For more information, check out their website

Membership Assistance Program Counseling Services

Members of DC38, and their registered dependents who are currently covered under the District Council 38 Health & Welfare Plan, are eligible for benefits provided by the Members Assistance Program.  For more information, or for a list of counselors covered by the Membership Assistance Program, please go to the Mental Health and Addiction Assistance tab on our website.

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