General Self Help Services
MATES in Construction is a charity established 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 was established to implement the recommendations of a major report on suicide [the AISRAP Report] within the Queensland Commercial Building and Construction Industry which found that suicide rates in the industry was higher than the Australian average for men, and that youth suicide within the industry could be as much as 2.38 times common than amongst other young Australian men.
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.