MATES in Construction have commissioned Professor Chris Doran and his team from the Hunter Medical Research Institute to calculate the true cost of suicidal behaviour in the Australian Construction industry.

The sad result is that the cost is over $1.5B per year with an average of 169 men dying from suicide in the industry each year.

Nationally Australian Construction suicides are 30% above the male average. When we consider that the national budget for MATES in Construction is around $6M per year most would agree that although we are doing a lot we can do more.