Title Beyond toxic: improving the mental health of construction workers Degree of recognition National Media name/outlet ABC Radio National: Life Matters Media type Radio Duration/Length/Size 20 minutes Country Australia Date 06/11/19 Description Mental health problems can weigh on many people. Feeling comfortable enough to seek help and talk can be lifesaving, and, according to the Productivity Commission, poor mental health is costing our economy at least $43 billion per year.
The construction industry has serious problems, with a suicide rate that is almost double the national average. Some researchers are claiming that a toxic, “macho” culture in some construction workplaces is partially to blame.
Dr Donna Bridges, sociology researcher and lecturer at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst
Phil Hortz, field officer with Mates in Construction, which works to combat suicide in that sector
Producer/Author Hillary Harper (Presenter) URL https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/beyond-toxic:-improving-the-mental-health-of-construction-worke/11670426 Persons Donna Bridges