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MATES in Construction: Impact of a Multimodal, Community-Based Program for Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry
MATES in Construction, Level 1, 35 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill, Queensland 4004, Australia
Centre for Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, The University of Queensland, K Floor, Mental Health Centre, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston, Queensland 4006, Australia
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Received: 29 August 2011; in revised form: 6 October 2011 / Accepted: 28 October 2011 / Published: 7 November 2011
Abstract: A large-scale workplace-based suicide prevention and early intervention program was delivered to over 9,000 construction workers on building sites across Queensland. Intervention components included universal General Awareness Training (GAT; general mental health with a focus on suicide prevention); gatekeeper training provided to construction worker volunteer ‘Connectors’; Suicide First Aid (ASIST) training offered to key workers; outreach support provided by trained and supervised MIC staff; state-wide suicide prevention hotline; case management service; and postvention support provided in the event of a suicide. Findings from over 7,000 workers (April 2008 to November 2010) are reported, indicating strong construction industry support, with 67% building sites and employers approached agreeing to participate in MIC. GAT participants demonstrated significantly increased suicide prevention awareness compared with a comparison group. Connector training participants rated MIC as helpful and effective, felt prepared to intervene with a suicidal person, and knew where to seek help for a suicidal individual following the training. Workers engaged positively with the after-hours crisis support phone line and case management. MIC provided postvention support to 10 non-MIC sites and sites engaged with MIC, but not yet MIC-compliant. Current findings support the potential effectiveness and social validity of MIC for preventing suicide in construction workers.
Keywords: suicide; prevention; men; male health; gender; construction industry
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Gullestrup, J.; Lequertier, B.; Martin, G. MATES in Construction: Impact of a Multimodal, Community-Based Program for Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 4180-4196.
Gullestrup J, Lequertier B, Martin G. MATES in Construction: Impact of a Multimodal, Community-Based Program for Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2011; 8(11):4180-4196.
Gullestrup, Jorgen; Lequertier, Belinda; Martin, Graham. 2011. "MATES in Construction: Impact of a Multimodal, Community-Based Program for Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 8, no. 11: 4180-4196.