MATES in Construction will today launch a blueprint for better mental health in the construction industry, as well as a number of projects funded by Construction Skills Queensland.
MATES in Construction chief executive officer Jorgen Gullestrup said it was important CSQ recognised the impact suicide and mental health had on construction industry workers.
“The construction industry has . . . among the highest suicide rates of any industry in Australia,” Mr Gullestrup said.
“Across the country we lose a construction worker to suicide every second day and, in Queensland alone, it is more than 45 per year.”
Minister for Training and Skills Development, Shannon Fentiman, launched the MATES in Construction blueprint for Better Mental Health and Suicide Prevention at Parliament house today.
“The Palaszczuk Government has been a strong supporter of MATES in Construction because we know that mental health and suicide are serious issues within the construction industry,” Ms Fentiman said.
“In Queensland, more than 75,000 workers from more than 1500 worksites have joined the MATES in Construction program, which includes assistance for more than 4500 at-risk workers across the state.
“As part of the blueprint, Construction Skills Queensland is providing vital funding of more than $700,000 towards the implementation of the new MATES awareness training for small worksites with fewer than 12 workers.
“The impact of suicide has devastating effects on families, work colleagues and communities.
“This blueprint will save lives and has been developed in consultation with industry, unions and Beyond Blue.”
The CSQ funding will expand current suicide prevention and mental health programs in the construction industry; support business in creating mentally healthier workplaces through the blueprint for better mental health; develop a new program focusing on reducing the impact of bullying and anxiety among apprentices, and target small businesses with less than 12 workers on site.