Construction workers are 6 times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work.
We lose a construction worker every second day to suicide.
Suicide rates 80% higher in the construction industry than the average working population.
Workers Trained Nationally
Through the MATES program a total of over 230,000 people have been General Awareness Trained (GAT) and over 11,000 cases have been managed.
People General Awareness Trained (GAT)
People Conncetor Trained
People ASIST trained
Why MATES Exists
Research has been conducted, revealing some sobering facts.
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.
For workers in the construction industry, suicide seems to be a part of the reality of working in the industry. Work within the industry is highly transient with most workers employed on a project-by-project basis, for periods ranging from a few weeks to at best a few years.
Other research has shown us that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work, and the nature of the work has made social support more difficult. ‘Pride’ is identified as an issue: male workers have a problem with not being viewed as ‘manly’. Participants of the research held a strong belief that suicide was an impulsive act and that someone intending to take their own life would show no signs and not discuss it.
Research conducted in the industry recommended that a campaign designed to raise awareness about mental health and wellbeing combined with good gatekeeper training, should be implemented in combination with an industry specific program for workers with suicidal thoughts.
Partnering with MATES
TRu Brands makes regular substantial financial contributions to help support the work that MATES in Construction does across the Construction, Mining and Energy sectors. By purchasing products from the Bool FR Workwear range and TRu Workwear Core Series you will be supporting the MATES program and their goal of improving mental health across these key industries.
ARE YOU NEEDING SUPPORT?
MATES Helpline is available 24/7.
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If you are finding things tough, CALL MATES or in emergency call 000.