Brothers and Sisters:
The October issue of the Elevator Constructor had the combined efforts of the IUEC International General Officers dedicating the issue to the subject of suicide prevention and mental health. The issue highlighted signs of depression in children and adults as well as resources available to those in crisis.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), one in four people worldwide will be effected either directly or indirectly by someone with a psychiatric condition at some point in their life. This includes those that are clinically diagnosed and those who keep their crisis private. In the IUEC, this translates to 7500 members and multiplies out with their family and extended family are added in. A recent discussion on WCPN Sound of Ideas cited that on average 135 people are affected by an individual suicide.
To assist those in crisis, the International put together a series of resources available to members and their families which can be accessed through the International website iuec.org. Local 17 has joined the effort with its Health and Wellness page at iueclocal17.org. These are free resources available to members, their families and the general public. Please take a few minutes to visit either site and familiarize yourself with the offerings. Both sites do not use trackers of any type. All visitors are anonymous.
The November 8, December 13 and January 10 meetings are mandatory meetings for the nomination, election and installation of officers. Fines will be levied in accordance with Local 17 By-Laws for non-attendance.
There will be a fundraiser for Brother Kenny Jung who earlier this year suffered a stroke. The date is November 23rd and it will be a Night at the Races. For more information contact John at the hall.
The Brothers and Sisters of IUEC Local 17 send their condolences to the family of past Local president Lenny Kessler who passed away October 9.
As of this writing there are one mechanic and one apprentice on the bench.
Until next month, work smart, work safe and slow down for safety.