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MATES in Construction NZ being an evidence-based workplace suicide prevention model, developed to reduce high suicide rates in the NZ Construction Industry.

We evaluate, test and research the work done ensuring shared learning efficiency. All programmes delivered by MATES in Construction are evaluated with feedback and analysis being incorporated into content as appropriate.

MICNZ Suicide Prevention Field Officer

NZ Construction Industry related Research


Further work is needed to widen the scope and application of the programme to the wider construction industry.

How do we make this happen?


MATES in Construction working alongsise CHASNZ under the Construction Sector Accord to develop and deliver a mental heath in construction stratgey.

Research Underway

  • Improving the uptake of mental health support in the NZ construction sector for suicide prevention funded
    by BRANZ and commissioned through Victoria University.
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  • Calculating the suicide rate for the New Zealand construction industry to inform targeted suicide
    prevention activities and their impact. funded by BRANZ and commissioned to Otago University.
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BRANZ Report

The 2018 BRANZ Mental Health in the Construction Industry scoping study was commissioned to better understand the suicide risk for construction workers.

Read the BRANZ Report here >

Nga Rahui Hau Kura Suicide Mortality Review Committee 

Every week on average, 10 New Zealanders die by suicide. Many more are treated in hospital after a suicide attempt, having seriously harmed themselves. Sadly, we have some of the highest youth suicide rates in the OECD and suicide rate for Māori are over 50 percent higher than for non-Māori.

Read the Nga Rahui Hau Suicide Mortality Review here >

Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures

The future is now: Implications of Covid-19 for New Zealand >