Canterbury Branch: Mates In Construction

27/04/2021 07:15am to 9:00am

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NZISM Canterbury is hosting Mates In Construction for their General Awareness Training session. This is open to NZISM Members and the public.

MATES in Construction believes in building workplace communities and increasing the capability of the workforce to look out for their MATES. This training helps to introduce workers to the nature of the problem and provides practical guidance as to how they can assist.


Key features of the MATES programme that sets it apart from other suicide prevention initiatives:

  • It is based on the work leading Livingworks Suicide Prevention Model.
  • It seeks to build workplace capacity to identify and appropriately respond to signs that a co-worker may be at risk of suicide.
  • Actively engaging with workers through on-site training and providing case management support to those who seek help and linking them to suitable professional support.
  • MATES staff have been trained in suicide intervention and come from backgrounds within the Building and Construction Industry. This provides them with the ability to connect easily with the workers on site and have a good understanding of the pressures faced working in the industry.
The MATES programme uses training as a tool to raise awareness that there is a problem with suicide and its contributing risk factors within the industry – and that we can all be part of the solution. Support is then provided through clear pathways to help.


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