Better Mental Health in the Construction Industry

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A free one-day seminar for eligible construction workers, funded by Construction Skills Queensland.

Mental Illness and its Impact on the Construction Industry

Mental illness is a leading cause of disability, death and suffering in Australia. Each year, approximately one in five Australians suffer symptoms of a common mental illness such as depression or anxiety. Mental illness is also a leading factor in deaths by suicide and suicide attempts.

According to Deakin University, 190 construction workers die by suicide each year across Australia. Additionally, construction workers are 6 times more likely to die by suicide as opposed to an injury in the workplace.1

1. MIC 2016, Suicide in the Construction Industry: Report by Deakin University for MATES in Construction

Course Overview

The course provides participants with information on common mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety, as well as post-traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts and substance use disorders.

Participants will learn how to identify people who may be suffering from mental health problems, provide initial support and referral to professional services where appropriate.

Participants will also learn how to promote mentally healthy workplaces and are provided with strategies with how to look after themselves.


Eligibility for attending a course will be assessed as part of the course enrolment process. You will be required to provide evidence of your employment in the building & construction industry within Queensland. Additionally, you will need to be +16 years of age, have functional English language skills and meet citizenship / residency / visa eligibility criteria.


This is a non-accredited course. On successful completion of this course you will be issued a Certificate of Attendance.

Delivery options

We offer a variety of delivery methods to suit your needs. You can attend a Public Course selected from the list below. You can also request this course to be delivered on-site at your workplace or a venue of your choosing. Please contact us for further information.

7.5 Hours

This is full face to face course and participants are required to attend the full workshop.

Entry Requirements/Prerequisites

Must be employed within the construction industry.

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