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The Lunch Room is open to everyone in the Construction Industry looking to get together with your mates for a chat during the Covid-19 crisis.

Join us for support, information and kōrero during this uncertain time.  Meetings are available daily 1pm, and its very easy to join. All you need to do is hit the register now button and select a time. The group will be meeting online via Zoom.

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Hot of the press for lockdown L4 – join the MATES team on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8:30am to start the day with an easy to follow FREE workout.

Yes, some things are just better together, so grab some sweat pants or your best lycra, channel your inner Richard Simmons and join us online for “Moving with MATES”.

Led by our very talented amazing Field Officers and former Personal Trainers Lance Van Niekerk and Karon Vea, they will bring you some moves for all abilities. All you need is yourself, a water bottle and a sweat towel and come along and join the MATES crew for some fun and physical activity.

We don’t need to be perfect… we just need to get started.

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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