Construction sites and politicians fly the flag for suicide prevention

More than 500 construction sites around Australia are flying the flag of mental health and suicide prevention as part of the annual MATES in Construction ‘Fly the Flag Day’, in partnership with R U OK?

Workers aims to raise awareness to help prevent suicide in the construction industry, where it is six times more likely to that someone will be lost to suicide than a workplace accident.

MATES NSW CEO Brad Parker said that the organisation’s Fly the Flag initiative has gained more and more momentum each year.

“Today in particular we want mates to ask each other R U OK? It’s an important question to ask and it’s even more important to listen the answer. That’s what MATES in Construction is all about – giving people the tools to recognise when someone else is not doing well and not just by their words but also their actions,” Parker said.

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