Men working in the construction industry are at a significantly higher risk of suicide compared with the general population. MATES is a national suicide prevention organisation that delivers evidence-based workplace training that aims to reduce that risk. Three types of training are available:
MATES Inducted is general awareness training that helps workers understand the increased suicide risk evident in the construction industry. It also helps them feel more comfortable talking about mental health issues and seeking help for them.
MATES Connector Training is for workers who volunteer to help keep teammates safe through a mental health crisis, and assist them to connect with appropriate professional support.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) equips to become an ASIST worker, comparable to the first aid officer on-site. An ASIST worker will listen to the concerns of the person experiencing crisis and respond appropriately with the aim of reaching a ‘safe plan’.
MATES also offers a 24/7 support line (1300 642 111) and access to the latest relevant mental health research.