Australia

MATES is a charity established in 2008 to reduce the
high level of suicide among Australian construction workers.

MATES provides suicide prevention through community development programs on sites, and by supporting workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line. We serve the construction industry in Queensland and Northern Territory, New South Wales, South Australia and Western Australia, the Energy industry in Queensland and New South Wales, and nationally to the Mining industry.

MATES was established in response to a major report on suicide (the ‘AISRAP Report’) within the Queensland Commercial Building and Construction Industry. This report found that suicide rates in the industry were higher than the Australian average for men, and that youth suicide within the industry could be as much as 2.38 times more common than among other young Australian men.

The MATES program is based on the simple idea that suicide is everyone’s business. If the building and construction industry in Australia is to improve the mental health and well-being of workers and reduce suicide, then it cannot be left to mental health professionals:
everyone in the industry must play their part.

Working for the construction industry in general, MATES is independent of employers and unions and never works directly for an employer. Programs are delivered across the industry regardless of employer or union affiliation.
MATES VISION
To be Australia’s leading industry suicide prevention organisation,
focusing on raising awareness, building capacity, providing help and research.

MATES MISSION
Utilising the capacity of our members and franchises, we achieve our vision by focusing on:

Raising Awareness

Effective and direct communication with all levels of the industries in which we operate
through: newsletters; general awareness; Connector and ASIST worker networks;
MATES events; and Tool Box talks.

Capacity Building

Actively engaging the industry in sustainable programs such as the MATES programs including General Awareness Training, Connector and ASIST courses, which are aimed at building self-reliance and resilience with the industry, and developing networks, links and communities within workplaces.

Providing Help

Case Management that connects workers to help by using existing services, ensuring that help is both practical and useful.

Research

Gathering data and partnering with research institutions to provide useful, insightful and practical information for application in the industry, under guidance of the MATES in Construction Board.

OUR VALUES
- Proactive & responsive

- Supportive & non-judgemental

- Committed & dependable

- Honest & respectful

  • Accommodation
  • Advocacy
  • Bereavement and Support
  • Community Engagement
  • Community Member
  • Counselling
  • Disability
  • Domestic Violence
  • Emotional Support
  • Family Support
  • Financial Support
  • Health
  • Health and Lifestyle
  • Helpline
  • Homelessness
  • Household Services
  • Housing
  • Legal Support
  • Men's Health
  • Mental Health
  • Naturopath
  • Nutrition
  • Online Resources
  • Parenting Support
  • Pastoral Care
  • Physical Wellbeing
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Research
  • Welfare

Details

Ph 0448405550
mates.org.au/construction

L1, 35 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill, 4000

Hours of Operation

Mon to Fri 8:00am to 4:00pm
24/7 Helpline: 1300 642 111

Services

  • Free Services

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