Last year over 654 New Zealanders died by suicide.
1 in 20 people have a thought of suicide in any two-week period.
There has also been an increase in the Maori and Pasifika population contributing to our suicide numbers, a demographic heavily represented across the construction industry.
Suicide is preventable and workplace focused programmes have been found to be effective interventions.
MATES in Construction New Zealand
The MATES programme builds and strengthens communities in the workplace and across the industry – helping our people to be supportive and provide an environment that encourages positive wellbeing.
The impact of this community-based approach then goes beyond the workplace and into our every-day lives.
MATES engage with workers through on-site training and providing those identified as at risk with case management support that connects them to suitable professional support. MATES Field Officers are trained in suicide intervention skills and have experience with the Building and Construction Industry. This allows them to engage easily with the workers on site.
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Construction workers are five times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work.
Research has shown us that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work, and the nature of the work has made social support more difficult.
“The construction industry has the highest proportion of suicides across all industries in New Zealand.”
Nga Rahui Hau Kura: Suicide Mortality Review Committee Feasibility Study 2014–15. Report to the Ministry of Health, 31 May 2016, found that 6.9 per cent of overall suicides were in the construction industry.
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