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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8(11), 4180-4196; doi:10.3390/ijerph8114180

MATES in Construction: Impact of a Multimodal, Community-Based Program for Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

1 MATES in Construction, Level 1, 35 Astor Terrace, Spring Hill, Queensland 4004, Australia 2 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 / Revised: 6 October 2011 / Accepted: 28 October 2011 / Published: 7 November 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention and Public Health)
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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 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.

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