In late 2016 MATES in Construction and Beyond Blue convened a round table with 52 industry leaders to discuss how we could deliver better mental health and suicide prevention in the Australian building and construction industry.
The round table included Major Contractors, Unions, Associations, and industry support services OzHelp, Incolink and SuperFriend
The purpose of the roundtable was to find ways to work collectively to drive change around mental health in the industry and make a difference via achievable, tangible outcomes.
To achieve this vision, the group determined that:
- a unified approach between businesses, unions and NGOs is required, with buy-in from stakeholders at all levels: from the board to builder’s labourers, from clients to subcontractors, from employer associations to unions
- the industry needs to conceive a Blueprint for mental health intervention and suicide prevention (hereafter referred to as “the blueprint”) for existing workers as well as targeting the next generation though apprentice training
- the blueprint needs to be targeted and evidence based with agreed metrics and reporting mechanisms, and
- effective leadership can drive positive change across the industry: mental health and suicide prevention should be on the agenda of every organisation and should inform relationships in the industry so that leading and progressive organisations require buy-in from their industry partners.
And from this an industry working group was convened to develop this Blueprint.