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Recognising World Suicide Prevention Day

Thu., 10 September, 2020

Suicide prevention organisation, MATES in Construction (MATES) celebrated Fly the Flag Day and R U OK? in conjunction with World Suicide Prevention Day this year to drive a focus on health and wellbeing.

In support, the R2P Alliance is flying the flag at each of our site offices (Hudson Avenue, Regency TAFE and Polonia Reserve) and held an awareness meeting with the entire workforce to discuss these important topics and show support for each other.

A MATES representative attended the meeting to talk about suicide in the construction industry and offer life skill tools and resources to help anyone dealing with their own (or others) problems.

The workforce took a moment to reflect on what is important to them and why it is equally important to keep their mates safe and supported.

The R2P Alliance has trained Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workers on our worksite that can engage in open conversations with someone in need and encourage all employees to speak up if they see someone struggling.

A fundraising breakfast followed as an opportunity to raise money for Mates in Construction. Thanks to a kind donation from Balfours, workers could make a gold coin donation for a pie, pasty, sausage roll or donut, and wash it down with drinks donated by Nippy's and the Coca-Cola Company.

The Department for Infrastructure and Transport is committed to the SA Suicide Prevention Plan 2017-2021 and encourages Contractors in engage in work-site health, safety and mental wellbeing initiatives, and contributes to the sponsorship of MATES as a Tier 1 State Industry Partner.

For further information:

MATES in Construction provides suicide prevention training to workers in the construction industry to notice changes in their co-worker’s behaviours and encouraging and supporting those in crisis to seek help.

R U OK? Day is a national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?”.

MATES Fly the Flag Day is to celebrate MATES in Construction connectors and ASIST workers.

World Suicide Prevention Day is an awareness day observed every year, in order to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented, and we can all play a part in helping.

Partners

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