Raising awareness for MATES in Construction

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INTREC are committed to the Health & Safety of our staff and in doing so we support MATES in Construction (MIC).

On Wednesday morning, INTREC hosted a fundraising BBQ for the MATES in Construction program at our RMS Parramatta site in order to raise awareness about and reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers.

The team from MATES in Construction delivered General Awareness Training to all on site, giving them the tools to be able to identify when a friend or colleague might be doing it tough and how to take action and do something.

The MATES in Construction program is based on the simple idea that “suicide is everyone’s business” and that if the building and construction industry in Australia is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of workers and to reduce suicide then it cannot be left to the mental health professionals, but rather everyone in the industry must play their part.

Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives, this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.

Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work.  For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.

Research has shown us that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work and the nature of the work made social support more difficult. Pride was identified as an issue with saying they had a problem being seen as not manly.

So if you think someone could be thinking about suicide, you should always act as if they are. Talk to a connector or call the MIC helpline on 1300 642 111.