MATES in Construction is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. MATES is unique in that they foster ownership and control of the program with the Australian building and construction industry.
The MATES in Construction program is based on the simple idea that “suicide is everyone’s business”. If the building and construction industry in Australia is to improve the mental health and wellbeing of workers and reduce suicide, then it cannot be left to the mental health professionals alone, but rather everyone in the industry must play their part. MATES provides suicide prevention through community development programs on sites, and by supporting workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line.
Recently, in June 2021, the program and overall approach undertaken by MATES was recognised by the World Health Organisation as an example of effective implementation of such a program. This is incredibly high praise from a world leading health organisation and speaks volumes of the impact and value of the MATES in Construction program and as an organisation.