Mental health should be given attention in the workplace. While we talk about safety often, we seldom discuss the mental health aspect of health and safety, which is resulting in dozens of Queensland construction workers committing suicide every year.

In fact 40 construction workers a year are being lost to suicide and hundreds more are attempting suicide, causing untold emotional pain and financial turmoil across the state.

The financial cost to the community is estimated at $355 million annually and of-course the emotional cost cannot be measured.

The average age of suicide victims is 36 and most are males, with triggers being identified as emotional and financial pressure.

One of the key issues is communication. Construction workers should be encouraged to open up about their problems, particularly because tradies are more likely to bottle up their emotions.

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