Providing mental health and suicide prevention literacy
BLUEPRINT FOR BETTER MENTAL HEALTH IN THE BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.
HOW CAN YOU PROVIDE MENTAL HEALTH AND SUICIDE PREVENTION AND LITERACY ON SITE?
Including a mental health awareness module in on-site health and safety inductions and displaying information, posters and flyers about mental health and suicide prevention on site are vital to improving mental health and reducing suicide rates.
Training supervisors in mental health and suicide prevention so they can emphasise and encourage tolerance, understanding and support is vital. Supervisory staff should be trained in anti-discrimination legislation and obligations.
Workplace training should include:
- Providing mental health awareness information and training for staff.
- Establishing a peer-based support system onsite
- Conducting awareness toolbox talks
- Participating in awareness days to involve the workforce in activities that increase awareness.
PEER SUPPORT MEETINGS
Sites implementing programs such as MATES in Construction and Incolink will facilitate meetings where the workforce can actively participate in and develop localised messages.
Workplaces should ensure diversity to encourage the acceptance of differing ethnicities, sexual or gender orientation, mental-health status and disabilities to the largest practicable extent.
An industry peer speaking about their own experience of poor mental health and recovery can be a powerful method to reduce stigma and promote conversations about mental health and suicide.