$500k invested into mental health and suicide prevention in the construction and building industry

Construction Skills Queensland is flying the flag to raise awareness of suicide prevention by supporting MATES in Construction’s Fly the Flag Day, on 13 September, and asking construction workers R U OK?

Building sites will be flying flags on 13 September in support of suicide prevention, with high-rises, scaffolding and even cranes across Queensland expected to have flags flying. The event coincides with R U OK day, which encourages friends and colleagues to check in on each other and start conversations around mental health.

CSQ Chief Executive Officer, Brett Schimming, said mental health awareness was particularly important in the building and construction industry with suicide rates generally higher amongst men in blue collar jobs especially those working in rural and remote areas.

“Whilst suicide rates among construction workers have been dropping, we appreciate there is still more to be done to prevent suicide in the industry, retain skilled workers and contribute towards healthy and safe workplaces,” Mr Schimming said.

“CSQ recently announced our Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Program to deliver suicide prevention and mental health initiatives to workers in the construction industry” he said.

“As part of the program, $500,000 will be invested into initiatives aimed at delivering mental health improvements amongst workers in the building and construction industry.

“It is just as important for us to ensure building and construction workers are mentally well at work and at home, as it is for us to look after their physical safety on worksites.”

The $500k investment by CSQ announced in their 2018-19 Annual Training Plan, aims to decrease suicide rates within vulnerable sectors of the building and construction industry by working with industry partners to raise awareness of suicide prevention and mental health.

“CSQ is proud to support a program that provides opportunities to address mental health issues in order to raise awareness and decrease suicide rates among construction workers.”

Fly the Flag day is an initiative from MATES in Construction to recognise R U OK? Day and encourage suicide prevention.