MATES in Construction and R U OK recently held a joint initiative at a Brisbane construction site for Fly the Flag Day, attended by Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace to raise awareness about suicide among construction workers.
Ms Grace explained that suicide among Australian construction workers is too high and in Queensland the problem is particularly alarming with 25 per cent higher than the suicide rate for the rest of the state’s population.
Construction workers are encouraged to ask their mates the question, “R U OK?” and if they need help themselves, they shouldn’t be afraid to ask.
On the day, 170 Queensland construction sites supported suicide prevention activities around the state. Read more at http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/employment-minister-visits-construction-workers-highlight-importance-suicide-prevention-awareness/#.V_AW-iQYYl2