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Mental health in construction has a new MATE

Leading mental health charity, MATES in Construction, has announced a “landmark” partnership with EML Group, the largest specialist in personal injury claims management in Australia.

The collaboration, which is expected to last for two years at least, will see EML boost funding for MATES in Construction for the ‘Mutual Benefits’ program, giving the mental health charity the capacity to add two more field officers in New South Wales. The initiative is expected to positively influence the lives of “approximately 2300 construction workers annually”, according to a press release sent out on January 11, with CEO of MATES in Construction, Brad Parker, labelling the partnership as a “game-changer”.

“With EML’s support, we can extend our reach and provide more targeted, effective mental health interventions to construction workers,” he said. “Together, we’re not just building structures; we’re building a more resilient, mentally healthy workforce.”

The reciprocal partnership will see EML’s construction clients receive a customised mental health strategy using MATES’ blueprint model that includes a “comprehensive” on-site delivery model, engaging with businesses in an all-encompassing approach from head offices to on-site workers. According to the press release, EML’s role in introducing its clients to MATES is “pivotal” as it will aid each organisation in developing its own mental health plan based on the Construction Industry Blueprint assessment tool. Furthermore, MATES will share its “expertise” with EML’s claims teams and support office staff, widening its understanding of the risks of suicide within the construction sector. Daniel Walton, EML Group Executive, said the new partnership was reflective of EML’s purpose to “help people get their lives back”.

“Our partnership with MATES will help to extend services and support even further,” he said, “providing construction workers with additional access to critical suicide prevention services.”

MATES in Construction is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. According to MATES, 190 construction workers take their own lives per year and are six times less likely to die from an accident on work site. MATES provide suicide prevention through community development programmes on sites and support workers in need through case management and a 24/7 helpline.

If you are feeling like you need to talk to someone or if you suspect someone around you needs help, reach out to:

Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636

Lifeline: 13 11 14

MATES In Construction: 1300 642 111


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