Fredon participated in Flying The Fly for MATES in Construction (MIC) on Tuesday 12th September for R U OK? Day. Various Fredon sites and offices around the nation took the initiative to organise fundraising events to actively show support for MIC and their mission to raise awareness of suicide prevention within the construction industry.
MATES In Construction is a charity whose mission is to raise awareness about suicide in the workplace. Their focus involves providing training programs as well as practical and professional help to those who are struggling.
Research has revealed that suicide has a high prevalence in the construction industry:
- Every year, 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives.
- Construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work.
- MIC research has shown that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues and the participants of the research held a strong belief that suicide was an impulsive act and that someone intending to take their own life would show no signs and not discuss it.
As an active member of the community, Fredon is immensely supportive of MIC and their mission.
MIC teamed up with R U OK? for Fly the Flag Day, and in support of the event, Fredon held morning teas, lunches and fundraising activities across our Australian sites and offices. As a group, Fredon raised around $4000 for MATES In Construction and provided our staff with presentations and group discussions to further their knowledge on the importance of mental health.