MATES in Construction (MIC) is attending the Stop Male Suicide in QLD seminar, to be held in Brisbane on Friday 3rd June 2016.
MIC is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the high level of suicide among Australian construction workers. Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work, with 190 Australians working in the construction industry taking their own lives every year.
Jorgen Gullestrup, the founding manager of MATES in Construction, will be speaking at the Brisbane seminar, that will bring together people who are committed to taking action to help Stop Male Suicide, which currently takes the lives of six men in Australia every day.
Jorgen was one of the architects of MIC’s suicide prevention and mental health programs for the construction workers, drawing on his own lived experience and an understanding of the construction industry. The MATES in Construction program operates across four states and has a network of over 8000 Connectors – “a mate who can keep you safe while connecting you to help”. The key to reducing male suicide, say the MATES team, is to keep it simple – “we want solidarity not sympathy” they say, “it’s about mates helping mates”.
If you want to help Stop Male Suicide in QLD, find out more at the links below:
- To come and take part in the Stop Male Suicide in QLD seminar click here
- To find out about the other speakers taking part in this seminar click here
- To find out more about the work fo MATES in Construction click here
- To find out more about the Stop Male Suicide project, click here
- To find out more about the rate of male suicide in QLD click here