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Date PostedSeptember 25, 2017

WA Government Funds Suicide Prevention Initiative for Construction

The Western Australian Government has committed to providing $310,000 in funding to raise mental health awareness among construction workers and FIFO workers, the group identified as the most at risk of suicide in the population

Mental Health Minister Roger Cook said the funding would allow MATES in Construction WA to address issues of mental health and suicide in the building and construction industry and among FIFO workers.

MATES in Construction is a charity organisation that works to reduce suicide in the construction industry.

Sadly construction workers are more likely to attempt suicide than any other sector of the population and each year an average of 190 construction workers die from suicide. Construction workers are 6 times more likely to die from suicide than other work related incidents.

Funding will go towards providing support and assistance to individuals and families affected by suicide in the construction industry including on FIFO work sites across WA. It will also go towards educating construction workers educating workers on mental health and well being.

For more information, visit https://www.ruok.org.au/ and http://www.matesinconstruction.org.au

Source: http://content.safetyculture.com.au/news/index.php/09/wa-government-funding-suicide-prevention-construction-fifo-workers/#.Wb-rdtG1vIU

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