Building on health in the construction industry

A CONSTRUCTION industry downturn can often lead to increased rates of depression and suicide.

So the Master Builders Association of Ballarat is taking a pro-active approach to the issue.

It will host a dinner forum, Mental Health Awareness in the Ballarat Construction Industry, on Wednesday, March 13, at Ballarat Lodge with guest speaker Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett.

MBAB president Anthony Tuddenham said they wanted to highlight that the first step was just to talk about it with someone.

“We know builders and people in the construction industry do get stressed,” Mr Tuddenham said.

“We also know depression is more prone when there is less work.

“We want to tell people that if they are feeling like there is something wrong, they should visit their GP or ring Beyondblue.”

MBAB vice-president David Moyle said the construction industry’s nature was quite stressful.

“The tighter things get, or if there is a downturn in the industry, it can bring on things like depression,” Mr Moyle said.

“We are trying to create an awareness at an individual level.

“It’s not just builders, it’s interior designers, engineers, electricians, plasterers, both male and female.”

Fourteen dollars from every ticket sold will go toward Beyondblue, with MBAB hoping to raise between $3000 and $5000.

There will also be two raffles on the night, with the prizes courtesy of Frank Ford Travel.

The forum costs $50 for a two course meal. For tickets or more information contact Mr Tuddenham on 0412 402734 or Greg Smith on 5336 2979.

fiona.henderson@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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