Mental health is an underdiscussed topic in the construction sector. Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide rather than a work accident, and are especially vulnerable due to the transience of the work.
The McDonald Surveys team recently attended a 45-minute training session with Mates in Construction to discuss how to best support their own mental health and the mental health of those around them.
Mates in Construction not only deals with suicide prevention and teaches that it’s okay to talk about mental health, but also focuses on relevant issues such as drugs and alcohol, bullying, stress, anger, and any other issues.
The seminar involved GAT, or General Awareness Training, which is designed to raise suicide awareness and tackle it as a preventable issue. It encourages workers to seek out help when their mental health is declining and they or their colleagues are experiencing signs of suicidal thoughts.
Staff can elect to be ‘Connectors’, which means that they will be points of contact for workers to seek out psychiatric help. The next step for McDonald Surveys will be for select on-site remote staff, managers, and members of the Perth team to attend Connector training so that all of our staff have somebody to reach out to in times of need.
At McDonald Surveys, we believe it’s absolutely vital that we put our staff’s mental health first, especially through hard times such as these. That’s why we implement the best training available to ensure that all of our staff are knowledgeable and feel supported.
Find out more about Mates in Construction here.
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