Probuild's WA HSE Manager, Simon Mills, has recently been appointed as a Director of Mates in Construction WA.
Simon will be an active Board Member, that continues to raise awareness and actively support the Mates in Construction program in the community. Mates in Construction exists because of the alarming research that suggests construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than an accident at work. For our young workers, the facts are that they are well over two times more likely to take their own lives than other young Australian men.
Every year 190 Australians working in the construction industry take their own lives, this means we lose a construction worker every second day to suicide. Other research has shown us that workers find it difficult to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work and the nature of the work made social support more difficult. Pride was identified as an issue with saying they had a problem being seen as 'not manly'. Mates in Construction works to change this perception.
We congratulate Simon on his appointment and wish him every success in this role.