Today more than 250 sites are Flying the Flag for MATES in Construction as part of World Suicide Prevention Day. This means that up to 25,000 construction workers will pause and reflect on the great work MIC are doing, pledging to look out for each other and raising funds for MATES in Construction.

The construction industry has very high suicide rates. Unfortunately we lose a colleague every two days to suicide but we can change it, and we are! Suicide rates in our industry are now falling due to the work we are doing collectively.

Fly the Flag is about celebrating the work we are doing as an industry to look out for our mates, and flags will be flying from cranes and on worksites across Queensland.

Over in Papua New Guinea the MATEs in Construction Kokoda Trekkers will hold a special service at Brigade Hill to remember our fallen heroes. So far the Trekkers have raised nearly $130,000 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers.

So on World Suicide Prevention day it is worth celebrating our work and efforts – Fly the Flag and talk about suicide in your workplace.

To help change our industry – ask a mate “ARE YOU OK”.

To make a donation click here – http://matesinconstruction.gofundraise.com.au/page/flytheflag

Let’s celebrate the great work we do as an industry to prevent suicide.

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MATES in Construction Queensland is an independent incorporated charitable organisation dedicated to the implementation of the MATES in Construction Suicide Prevention Program, under an agreement with Mates in Construction Queensland, the founders of the program and MATES in Construction Australia.

R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that inspires Australians to have regular, meaningful conversations to help anyone who might be struggling with life. R U OK?Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday of September each year. Today is also RUOK Day

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is held each year on September 10th. WSPD is an initiative of the World Health Organization and supported by the Australian mental health and suicide prevention sector. The international theme of World Suicide Prevention Day this year is Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.