The recently launched MATES in Construction Blueprint for Better Mental Health and Suicide Prevention aims to achieve better mental health for construction workers across Queensland.
Developed in consultation with industry, unions and beyondblue, the plan will work to reduce suicide and its devastating effect on families, work colleagues and communities.
The blueprint was launched at Parliament House on 2 April, with the Queensland Mental Health Commissioner Ivan Frkovic invited to speak at the event.
Across the state, more than 75,000 workers from more than 1500 worksites have joined the MATES in Construction program, which includes assistance for more than 4500 at-risk workers.
As part of the blueprint, Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) has contributed $700,000 towards the implementation of new MATES awareness training for small worksites with less than 12 workers.
The program will support business to create mentally healthy workplaces, as well as develop a program to reduce the impact of bullying and anxiety among apprentices.
Find out more about the blueprint at: https://www.constructionblueprint.com.au/