R U OK?

We spend a large amount of our waking hours at work.

The statistics around suicide in the construction industry are confronting. According to Mates in Construction, a charity set up in 2008 to address the issue, construction workers are more than:

  • twice as likely to suicide as other people in Australia;

  • six times more likely to die by suicide than through a workplace accident;

  • apprentices in construction are two and a half times more likely to suicide than other young men their age.

Lets see how the Probuild teams checked in with one another and started the conversation:

  • 311 Spencer Street (Vic), got creative with some speed mating and baby photos, speed mating – similar to speed dating. Teams practised asking questions of each other (including "Are you OK?") and then they asked questions  such as:

    1. Tell me something about your childhood.

    2. Identify the members who make up your personal support network.

    3. How often do you get in touch with those people?

  • Greenland Apartments (NSW), had a chat over an early morning BBQ with HSE Manager Kate Lucas and Managing Director Nick Gaudry.

  • Marq and Icon (NSW) held a site BBQ with Kate Lucas, Construction Manager John Rusak and Nick Gaudry. The team raised some money, which was donated to Mates In Construction.

  • NSW Head Office had a catch up over morning tea and used this as an opportunity to spark a conversation as well as a timely reminder that some people may be struggling with life and how important support is.

  • NV (WA) held a site BBQ to help support the Mates In Construction raise awareness of mental health in the construction industry. With currently 300 workers onsite the entire site team got together to show their support for non profit organization and ensure the culture with in the project is a supportive group for its workforce.

  • Omnia (NSW) Nick Gaudryand Kate Lucas gave moving Toolbox Talks, raising awareness on mental health and highlighting the importance of having meaningful conversations with your mates. 

  • Victorian Senior Leadership Team, made sure they locked time in the diaries today to catch up and check in as part of RUOK? Day. A quick lunch was the perfect opportunity to pause and have some time away from the demands of the office and talk about the highlights and challenges experienced this year.

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Sarah Cuscadden