Mates in Construction
MATES in Construction is a charity set up in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. It is owned and controlled by the Australian Building and Construction Industry.
MATES in Construction 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.
MATES in Construction is independent of employers and unions and never works directly for a particular employer, but for the construction industry generally. Programs are delivered across the industry regardless of employer and / or union affiliation.
MATES in Construction operates in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia through independently managed and financed organisations, within an overall MATES in Construction Australia structure which was set up in October 2013.
MATES in Construction provide community development programs on sites and support workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line. In a joint venture with the Oz-Help Foundation, MATES in Construction also provide Life Skills Toolbox training to apprentices and young workers.
NEED HELP NOW?
If you are in need of help due to suicidal or depressive thoughts please call our 24/7 HELP LINE
Phone 1300 642 111 to speak to one of the “MATES” Team. They will help and understand the problems experienced by people in the building and construction industry. Or visit their website at http://www.matesinconstruction.org.au/Home