We are pleased to announce that Fredon has joined hands with MATES In Construction (MIC) in a National Partnership to help tackle the prevalence of suicide in the construction industry.
MATES In Construction is a non-profit charity established in 2008. Their mission is to reduce the high level of suicide amongst Australian construction workers through raising awareness, building capacity, providing support to those who are in need of it and further research.
The MIC mission is based on the idea that “suicide is everyone’s business” and it is our duty as an active member of the construction industry to be involved to raise awareness of mental health and to make the efforts to reduce suicide.
This National Partnership will see Fredon continue to support the MATES objectives and expand the training awareness programs at our project sites and offices. The reality is, the majority of us have been touched by suicide and the more awareness and understanding we have on how to approach the topic of mental wellbeing, the better equipped we will be to help our relationships in and out of the workplace.
Brad Parker, NSW CEO and Carolyn Alessi, Field Officer / Case Manager for MATES In Construction, presented Fredon’s CEO Scott Olsen with a plaque to announce the partnership at our Silverwater office on Monday, 25th November 2019. Fredon also received a Certificate of Accreditation from MATES In Construction which indicates:
- at least 80% of on site workers have had the MATES General Awareness Training
- 1 in 20 people are MATES Connectors, meaning they are trained to help keep someone in crisis safe whilst connecting them to professional help
- we have ASIST trained workers who are well equipped with appropriate training to support and help individuals to create a ‘safety plan’ to a healthier mental state
from Left: Carolyn Alessi (MIC), Simon Jonas, Scott Olsen, Brad Parker (MIC) and Andrew Campbell.
Fredon are proud of our commitment to MATES In Construction and their work to reduce the high level of suicide within our industry.