Suicide trends among Australian construction workers during years 2001–2019

In many Western countries, including Australia, construction workers have been identified as being at elevated risk of suicide compared to other workers. A variety of suicide prevention initiatives have been implemented and expanded to reduce suicide in this occupational group; however, the net effect of these is unknown. Using 19 years of national suicide data, this […]

Mental health and well-being in the construction industry: 2021 Pulse survey

Mental health and well-being are high priorities for organizations across industries. This was true before COVID-19, however, is even more so now. Growing mental health concerns exist in the  construction industry because it ranks second highest in suicide rates among major industries. Multiple factors likely contribute to higher suicide rates and mental health concerns in […]

Suicide in the construction industry: 2001-2019. Report submitted to MATES in Construction by the University of Melbourne

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in Australia. In 2020, 3139 Australians are known to have died by suicide and of these, more than three-quarters were male. Among Australian males in 2020, suicide was the 10th leading  cause of death (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2020a). A substantial proportion of males who die […]

Suicide in the construction industry: Literature review

Urgent needs to tackle the pervasiveness of suicide in the construction industry due to economic and social consequences sparked burst in literature to address the root causes and intervention for suicide. To comprehend the current state of art of suicide in the construction industry, systematic review becomes the viable option. Despite this, there is scanty […]

COVID-19 and suicide risk in the construction sector: Preparing for a perfect storm

Aims: Worldwide, construction industries are considered to be key economic pillars of the societies they serve, and construction workers constitute a sizeable proportion of the global paid workforce. In many parts of the world, construction workers are at elevated risk of suicide. Here, we examine the extent to which construction workers may be differentially exposed […]

Reducing the impact of critical incidence and suicide on construction workers: A rapid review and qualitative study. A report for MATES in Construction

Critical incidents and suicide are impactful on any workplace. In an industry with a higher burden of these events, it is timely to consider more nuanced preparation and response. The construction industry is both transient and stable. Site specific needs are met through a workforce recruited to manage time-limited functions. It is natural for the […]

The Australian building and construction industry blueprint for better mental health and suicide prevention 2018-2020

The Australian Building and Construction industry has recognised for over 10 years that the industry experiences significantly higher rates of suicide and mental health issues amongst our workers when compared to the general population. In response to this, the industry has stepped forward and developed programs and support mechanisms that are genuinely innovative and see the Australian […]

Shifting beliefs about suicide: Pre-post evaluation of the effectiveness of a program for workers in the construction industry

Suicide is a significant health problem that is known to disproportionately affect those employed in manual occupations, including construction workers and tradespeople. Universal General Awareness Training (GAT) was part of a multi-component suicide prevention program in the Australian construction industry. The program’s aims were to increase awareness of mental health and suicide, reduce stigma, and […]

The impact of a suicide prevention strategy on reducing the economic cost of suicide in the New South Wales construction industry.

Journal copy held in CSP Library.

A construction industry blueprint: Suicide prevention in the workplace.

The construction industry is at high risk for suicide. Outlines industry risk factors and proposes prevention strategies.