On September 10, World Suicide Prevention Day, the MATES in Construction flag was flown from makeshift flag poles, cranes, scaffolding, and displayed in offices across Australia.

Over 250 construction sites across the country took part in the first ever Fly the Flag for suicide prevention campaign.  On that day the MATES in Construction flag became a symbol that the construction industry is coming together as a community to make suicide everyone’s business.

The flag was seen on small and large sites, from Sydney CBD to Onslow WA, from the Master Builders office in Adelaide to the CFMEU national conference on the Gold Coast.

This means that close to 20,000 workers saw the MATES in Construction flag flying proudly on construction sites.

Jorgen Gullestrup, CEO MATES in Construction Australia commented that the participation of the industry was overwhelming.

“We certainly didn’t expect this many sites and this many flags to be flying as part of this initiative,” said Jorgen.

One of the main reasons for initiating this campaign was to raise awareness of the prevalence of suicide in the construction industry.  We continue to lose a construction worker to suicide every second day.  with the support of the construction industry, by raising awareness, by flying a flag, we can work together to reduce suicide in the industry.

We thank each and every worker that took part in the Fly the Flag campaign for making it such a success.