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Supporting members to talk about their mental health

Posted on Feb 16, 2024

“No one talks about [mental health], everyone keeps it to themselves”

Workers in the construction industry face significant mental health challenges.

Construction workers are 50% more likely to take their own lives compared to those in other industries.

“That’s why you have things like Movember, and it was good when Incolink came out,” Kevin says. Kevin believes that having conversations onsite can help change perceptions.

He has been working on sites for 4 years and knows all too well the stress the job can bring. We all have our ups and downs, but it can be important to reach out and check on those around you.

On average an Australian construction worker dies by suicide once every 2 days.

No one talks about [mental health], everyone keeps it to themselves.


“Having someone that comes out and actually talks about [mental health]. That’s a good way to change things, getting more people to speak at job sites and stuff like that,” Kevin says.

Sometimes it can be hard to find the courage or time to talk to someone. The hardest part can be reaching out for support.

Phone counselling services like Incolink’s Counselling service help workers find support whenever they’re in need.

For Kevin, phone counselling is a vital part of his mental health journey – helping to make counselling more accessible when it’s hard to find the time.

“Because we work long hours, I’m better off on a phone call… so I use telehealth.”

If there’s one thing Kevin suggests to mates in our industry though, it’s to reach out and talk about it with someone.

“Don’t be stubborn, don’t be too proud to actually talk to someone. If you want to talk to someone, that’s the first big step...”

Kevin has worked hard to support men’s health onsite.

“I think it’s good… things like Movember, Beyond Blue, or Incolink coming out onsite – just little conversations that sparks something with someone to actually see someone or talk.”

If you or someone you know is in need of support, you can reach out to our counselling team on 1300 000 129.

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