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Mates in Construction by Cara Threlfall - 2M ago
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MATES in Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of former South Australian premier Dean Brown AO to the role of Honorary Patron in SA.

MATES in Construction is running an awareness campaign across Queensland and Northern Territory to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and suicide prevention on construction worksites.  The campaign includes billboards around the state and territory (12 in total) supported by a poster and social media campaign.  The campaign focuses on non-metropolitan Queensland and Darwin.

MATES in Construction started in Queensland 11 years ago.  Since then we have reached more than 70,000 construction workers out of the State’s more than 200,000 workers.  Despite suicide rates and relative risk of suicide falling amongst Queensland construction workers, we still lose more than 40 workers to suicide each year and it is estimated that around 100 will be lost to the industry following permanent injury from a suicide attempt.  This represents a lot of pain and suffering.

MATES in Construction believe that suicide prevention is everybody’s business and that prevention in the workplace is one of many venues where there are opportunities to prevent suicide.  We often spend more time awake at work than outside work, so workmates have a chance to notice when a mate is struggling and offer help.

MATES in Construction Qld/NT CEO said: “As men we often feel we have to fix things when they are broken.  It is not so easy when you feel your life is broken and you can’t fix it.  It can be very difficult to ask for help, and most often we do not.  If your workmates can pick up that you are struggling and offer help instead, we have a real shot at making a difference.”

“If we really believe that suicide prevention is everybody’s business, then we all need to do our share – the health system, the social system, the community, the workplace, workers, employers, Unions and employer associations.” Mr Gullestrup said.  MATES in Construction was started by Unions and Employer associations through the Building Employees Redundancy Trust as a bi-partisan initiative to pull the industry together around suicide prevention

Thousands of workers have stepped up by becoming MATES in Construction volunteer Connectors and ASIST workers on site.  A Connector is a MATE who can keep you safe while connecting you to help and every day Connectors are connecting their workmates to support and help through MATES case management and 24/7 support line.  Lives are saved!

Every day building sites across the State and Australia is stepping up allowing the rollout of the program on their site.  A MATES in Construction site will train all workers on site in the one-hour General Awareness Program.  Volunteers are then trained for four hours as connectors (we seek 1 in 20 trained as Connectors) and a few key workers may be trained in ASIST intervention skills training.

Most recently MATES in Construction with the support of beyondblue launched the Australian Building and Construction Industry Blueprint for better mental health and suicide prevention as a guide for employers who want to be more proactive in providing a mentally healthier workplace.  For more information: https://www.constructionblueprint.com.au/

MATES in Construction is available at no cost to both employers and workers within the building and construction industry.  The current awareness campaign was made possible through support from the Building Employees Redundancy Trust, the Queensland Office of Industrial Relations, the Northern Territory Government Department of Health, the NT PHN and Construction Skills Queensland.

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MATES SA 3rd Annual Charity Lunch a huge success!

MATES in Construction SA held their third Annual Charity Lunch at the iconic Adelaide Oval in November last year.  Not only was this their number one fundraiser for the year, it was also a celebration of the great work the team has been doing throughout the year.  Nearly 300 people joined together to show their support and help raise vital funds to help reduce suicide in the South Australian construction industry.

The official side of the event commenced with emcee Mark Aiston introducing Karl ‘Winda’ Telfer, a Kaurna man from the Adelaide Plains region of South Australia, to deliver the Welcome to Country.  The Honourable Dean Brown, Honorary Patron of MATES In Construction SA then delivered the opening address to the crowd to get the day underway.

SA’s Operations Manager Bob Clifford, provided an overview of the latest ABS figures, and an update on the team’s latest training figures.

Once again, Cbus joined us as the Major Event sponsor, something they have generously done since SA commenced charity events.  Erin Sales, Head of Industry Partnerships at CBUS spoke a few words on the industry and why they are proud supporters of MATES In Construction.

Once again, Cbus joined us as the Major Event sponsor, something they have generously done since SA commenced charity events.  Erin Sales, Head of Industry Partnerships at CBUS spoke a few words on the industry and why they are proud supporters of MATES In Construction.

‘Cbus is really proud to partner with Mates in Construction because of the valuable service they provide to people in our industry’, said Erin. ‘Events like the MATES SA lunch give a platform to keep discussing and changing the culture around mental health which is really important.’

Karyn Dale, SA’s Marketing and Business Development Manager, then took some time to thank all the event sponsors and discuss ways people can support MATES.  Special mention was given to Gold event sponsors Scentre Group and Quanta Services.

Mark Aiston provided the crowd with a wonderful and uplifting speech, talking candidly about his own battle with mental illness, gambling, divorce and the death of his father.  Mark delivered his story with his own personal style of humour and left a message that was insightful and thought provoking.

Entertainment included Matuezi Acoustic Duo, who performed their tasteful harmonies of ballads, pop and soft rock covers, and a live fundraising auction performed by a professional auctioneer.

Michael Harper, Chair of the MATES In Construction SA Board, officially closed the afternoon and allowed the crowd time to network and continue their celebrations.

Overall it was a fantastic afternoon that helped raise considerable funds for the team in SA to continue the great work they do.  Thank you to everyone who attended the event, as well as all event sponsors and those who donated goods for the auction and raffle.  We are now looking forward to doing it all again this year!

Major Event Sponsor

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MATES in Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of former South Australian premier Dean Brown AO to the role of Honorary Patron in SA.

Principal, Gold & Special Sponsors announced for The MATES Lunch WA

Announcing our Principal, Gold and Special Sponsors for The MATES Lunch WA 2019. We appreciate the support from all of these sponsors to help make our event a success.

There are still sponsor packages, tickets and tables left for the event, but not many – we will sell out again this year.

Click below for further information and purchasing.

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An extraordinary effort by Michael Jamieson, Probuild’s Design Manager on The Towers and Ritz Carlton at Elizabeth Quay project in Perth, who recently competed in the 226 km Busselton Iron Man, with a finishing time of 11 hours 26 minutes.

Michael raised $35,194 for MATES in Construction WA, which is the largest individual fundraising achievement in our organisation’s history.

On behalf of the construction workers and their families whose lives will be made better, our heartfelt thanks to Michael for his efforts and to his many sponsors for their support.

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Mates in Construction by Cara Threlfall - 4M ago

MATES in Construction launches in NT

Mental health and suicide prevention program, MATES in Construction, has launched in the Northern Territory to support the construction, mining and energy industries.

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Mates in Construction by Cara Threlfall - 6M ago
Introducing Matt Hull – the first MATES Field Officer in the Northern Territory

MATES in Construction is pleased to announce the appointment of former South Australian premier Dean Brown AO to the role of Honorary Patron in SA.

G’day all,

First off, it is an honour to be apart of your community and to be able to work towards a suicide-safer community through the MATES program.

My central role for MATES is to represent the whole of the northern Territory for MATES and facilitate a program that is proven to change the culture of suicide in the Construction Industry.

I, along with my colleagues, work hard to deliver training and awareness around suicide to reduce stigmatisation but also to begin a conversation within the construction community. I am a local lad who has worked in the construction, mining and Energy sectors and prior to this, a First Aid Trainer. In addition to this, I am also Ex-Military, having served one deployment to Afghanistan in 2012.

My passion is ensuring the safety of the community and bridging a gap in communication about a topic that has impacted the territory for too long. I look forward to meeting new people and working with everyone who I have already met and who wants to serve this community with as much passion as I have.

Cheers and stay safe.

Matt Hull

Field Officer/Junior Case Manager – Northern Territory

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MATES Kokoda Trek is in its 6th year

Can you believe MATES Kokoda is in its sixth year?

The inaugural Kokoda trek happened in 2014. Since then, the treks have raised over $700,000 to help reduce suicide in the construction industry. Huge thank you to all of our amazing trekkers over the last 5 years! You have all made a difference to reducing suicide in the Construction, Mining & Energy industries!

If you’re interested in trekking Kokoda for MATES this year, get in touch – the countdown is on….

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The MATES Helpline is available 24/7 throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period including all the public holidays.

1300 642 111

Christmas is supposed to be a time of cheer, togetherness, good food, drinks and gifts. But for a lot of people that isn’t the reality at all. In fact for many people, this is the toughest time of year: particularly those experiencing:

    • Financial problems
    • Separation/divorce
    • Child custody/access issues
    • Depression, anxiety and/or other mental health problem
    • Isolation/Loneliness
    • Grief

To help get you through this this tough time, we have a few tips:

Forget perfection: Don’t expect everything to be perfect just because it’s Christmas.  Despite the expectation of “merriness” and “togetherness” it is really just another day. Often with all the added stress and pressure it often ends up being less than perfect.

Learn to say NO: All too often we spend Christmas trying to please others and have a terrible time ourselves as a result. Plan to just do one or two things including something that you and those closest to you enjoy most. Remember its ok to say “no” and sit some things out. Spreading visits out so they are not all packed into the one day may also help.

Avoid family conflict: Plan an exit strategy for any family gatherings at which you are likely to get into conflict and try to avoid touchy subjects. If conflict begins to arise have a neutral response ready, like “I can see how you would feel like that”, “Sorry to hear you feel like that” & “Let’s talk about it another time”. Then escape.

Set limits on money: Christmas shouldn’t be all about presents; it’s about doing the things we enjoy with the people we care about. Reign in the stress and cost by deciding on a limit you will spend on each person and/or plan a “Secret Santa”. You can also plan to do simple things that you and your family enjoy that don’t cost a lot of money, like a barbecue by the river.

Don’t binge on alcohol: It might seem easier to try to drown out our stress, anxiety or depression with alcohol, but alcohol itself is a depressant. In the end it makes us feel worse. It can also magnify problems we are having with others, lower our inhibitions, and blow up into full-scale conflicts and other negative situations we regret later. Drink plenty of water, drink low-strength alcohol, set a limit on how much you will drink, and have an escape plan ready for when you have reached that limit.

Visit a friend who is alone or struggling, or perhaps volunteer: Start a tradition of doing something for people that are less fortunate. Taking the focus off ourselves and onto those that are doing it tougher than us can make us more grateful for what we have. It can also help to lessen our own negative thoughts.

If alone and /or doing it tough, plan ahead: Even if you don’t feel like celebrating, don’t isolate yourself. Plan ahead to spend the day with someone else who is in the same boat as you over Christmas or drop into a Community Christmas Event in your area. If you don’t have anyone you can spend time with, plan to look after yourself on the day and embrace the solitude. Treat yourself by doing something you really enjoy, get plenty of rest, eat your favourite food, exercise to release your “feel good” endorphins and distract yourself with some good movies, fishing, music or a book.

If you are grieving: Whether recent or some time ago, Christmas can be a painful reminder of your loss. Many people feel a range of conflicting emotions like sadness, enjoyment and guilt. It’s OK to take time out and allow yourself to feel. It’s also ok to relax and enjoy yourself: it doesn’t mean you love or miss the person any less. No matter how you feel, try to surround yourself with people who can support you and share your memories. Other things that may be comforting are finding a quiet place to remember the person, writing the person a letter and/or going to places or doing things that you used to do together.

The MATES helpline is FREE for all construction, mining & energy workers and their immediate families.

1300 642 111

From all the team at MATES, we wish you a safe and peaceful holiday season!

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Mates in Construction by Cara Threlfall - 1y ago

Check out the latest edition of On Site newsletter!

Stories featured in this edition include Jorgen Gullestrup’s Churchill Fellowship Tour around the world and an update on MATES in Mining and MATES in Energy.

Download the Winter 2018 Onsite Newsletter

The Winter 2018 Onsite newsletter will be hitting your sites soon! Grab your online copy here!

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