Every second day we lose an Australian construction worker to suicide1 and construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work2. We urgently need to take action to address mental health in the building and construction industry.
This month’s Mentally Healthy Workplaces Ambassador is Graham Ragg, Managing Director at Western Earthmoving Pty Ltd. Graham is passionate about promoting mental wellbeing in the construction industry and ensuring everyone gets the support they need.
Graham speaks out about the need to challenge the traditional "tough guy" mentality in the construction industry.
He is fostering an environment where people feel safe, valued, and genuinely care about each other. Watch Graham’s video to hear his advice on how businesses can focus on employee wellbeing and a positive work culture to improve mental health in the sector.
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Source: 1 Source: Mates in Construction https://mates.org.au/construction/the-problem
2 Source: Suicide in the Construction Industry Report, Mates in Construction, University of Newcastle and Deakin University 2016