Today, Matt Benson and Damien Morley from the McMullin Property team, joined many others from the construction industry to support Winslow Constructors in their launch of Big Blue, a Hitachi ZX360 excavator that will be used to increase awareness and conversation about mental illness within the construction industry.
Winslow Constructors, supported by beyondblue, is tackling mental health awareness in a dynamic and colourful way. They have painted a huge 36-tonne excavator in the signature bright blue of their supporting body beyondblue. Over time this eye-catching machine will move between construction sites to work as a conversation starter around mental health issues facing the construction industry.
At this morning launch, AFL great and mental health advocate, Danny Frawley lifted the lid on some challenges facing this industry.
Our construction industry is one of the country’s biggest employers, accounting for more than 625,000 people across Australia, The statistics surrounding depression, anxiety, and suicide in this industry are quite confronting.
According to recent reports from MATES in Construction and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC):
- Construction workers are more than twice as likely to suicide as other people in Australia
- Workers in the construction industry have elevated prevalence rates of depression and anxiety
- 21% of workers in the construction industry have had a mental health condition
However, the Winslow Group believe that things can improve, and are making a commitment to lead the way in supporting employees in mental wellness. Simply talking about mental illness can help break down stereotypes and take the taboo out of something that can affect all of us.
“It doesn’t matter how tough or resilient someone is, anyone can still be assailed by anxiety or depression.” says Trevor Lockwood, CEO Winslow
McMullin Property applauds this fantastic and proactive initiative that is being championed by Winslow Constructors.
Mental health professionals are available 24/7 at the beyondblue Support Service on 1300 22 4636, or via webchat @ beyondblue.org.au/getsupport