MATES in Construction have partnered with the AFL Players and Coaches association on a project around supporting men who are doing it tough.

We know that we all go through periods of low mental health and sometimes this can go on for a long time. Most blokes can get through these times with the support of their mates and some professional help.

Unfortunately, our blokey culture can make us feel like mental health issues are a weakness or a flaw in our character and so we don’t talk to our mates about it for fear of being judged and we don’t get connected to any professional help.

This path is a dangerous one – we lose a construction worker to suicide every two to three days.

This project, known as the Stride project, is a digital campaign aimed at the construction and AFL communities.

Its goal is to reduce the stigma around talking about tough times and the depression which can go with these times in our life.

If you are interested in being involved in this project, you can participate in the research survey by going here. Knowing how much we dislike surveys, there are 10 x $300 Bunning/Cole Myer vouchers to be given away via a lucky draw for all who participate. Your involvement will hopefully help build the research base that will change our practices and make our industry a safer place to work and our communities a more supportive place for men doing it tough.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact John Brady at MATE in Construction Queensland on 07 38331140.


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