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Take a moment to ask, R U OK?

Working in the construction sector can be incredibly rewarding, changing the fabric of a city or town with some of your closest mates is what gets many in the industry up in the morning.

This also comes with a number of challenges which can place a tremendous mental strain on workers, working long hours and on tough jobs, sometimes it can become overwhelming for workers.

It is estimated that around 190 Australians working in the construction industry die by suicide each year.

Cranes and Lifting magazine is taking the opportunity on R U OK day to remind those in the lifting industry and associated sectors to take a moment to consider their own and each other’s mental health struggles.

The signs someone can be struggling may be small but they can include seeming out of sorts, more agitated or withdrawn or simply not themselves. By starting a conversation and commenting on the changes you’ve noticed, you could help that family member, friend or workmate open up.

If they say they are not OK, you can follow the conversation steps to show them they’re supported and help them find strategies to better manage the load.

The four simple steps to ask if someone is OK include asking, listening, encouraging action and checking in.

It is important to consider your mates and your own mental health year-round and for companies that are members of the Crane Industry Council of Australia have free access to the Lifeworks Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

LifeWorks is a confidential program available to all CICA Members and their employees, not just those employed on construction sites.

CICA chose LifeWorks for their proactive approach, they offer support for any life challenge at any stage.  Mental and physical health and wellbeing needs are best addressed before they become a problem, but whether it be preventative measures or help at a point of crisis, LifeWorks is available.

LifeWorks is a well-being platform that provides support with issues related to all employees emotional, mental, financial, or physical well-being. LifeWorks is confidential and available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

For each concern a person is experiencing, they can receive a series of support sessions, over the telephone or in person.

The EAP focuses on short term solution therapy. If you need more specialised or long-term support, your EAP will help you select an appropriate specialist or service. While fees for these additional services are your responsibility, a qualified consultant will review with you your possible support options and any related costs.

Cranes and Lifting will be checking in with each team member to as R U OK and encourage all those working in the industry do the same.

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