Construction companies raise suicide issue through workshops
GLADSTONE's construction companies are playing the friendship card to help raise suicide awareness in male-dominated workplaces.
Since 2011, suicide prevention program Mates in Construction has been running workshops in Gladstone to encourage workers to look out for their mates.
Construction companies Bechtel, McCosker Contracting, WorleyParsons and Laing O'Rourke are signed up to the program.
Mates in Construction operations manager John Brady said the program taught men how to monitor the well-being of their mates.
"The success has been unbelievable," Mr Brady said.
"Not many men would come to a session about suicide prevention, but when safety is concerned everyone comes along."
Mates in Construction has found construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than from workplace accident.
"If you're not in the right mindset, how can you operate heavy machinery?" Mr Brady said.
Beyond blue announced it would introduce free or heavily subsidised training sessions to businesses in the construction industry.
The National Workplace Program scousessions will introduce policies to promote good mental health.
Gladstone residents paid their respects at the World Suicide Prevention Day Ceremony outside Gladstone Regional Council on Tuesday.
Mayor Gail Sellers said the region had lost several people to suicide this year.
Rio Tinto Alcan Gladstone said workers had access to on-site counselling services.
Bechtel Gladstone general manager Kevin Berg said they had a number of support services available to staff.