MatesMonitor: Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

In Australia and internationally, construction workers have elevated rates of suicide compared to other occupations. Mates In Construction (MIC) is an industry-wide suicide prevention program developed to address this problem. In this project, we seek to implement and evaluate a program that will work alongside and enhance MIC. The MatesMonitor program has been developed by the Partner Organisations and CIs listed below. It will be implemented via smartphone and contribute to suicide prevention efforts in the sector by providing suicide prevention literacy and ongoing social support. The evaluation will take the form of a randomised controlled trial. We will compare face-to-face MIC training (treatment as usual) with face-to-face MIC training plus MatesMonitor (treatment as usual plus) to assess changes in retention of suicide prevention knowledge and sense of social support, and lower levels of suicide ideation, attempts, and psychological distress.

MateMonitor will potentially be adapted to other blue collar male-dominated occupations at elevated risk of suicide, augmenting current strategies to address the high burden of suicide.

Research Team

Dr Allison Milner, University of Melbourne
Professor Anthony LaMontagne , Deakin University
Professor Brian Kelly, University of Newcastle
Dr Philip Batterham, Australian National University
Professor Helen Lingard, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Associate Professor Samuel Harvey, University of New South Wales
Dr Tania King, University of Melbourne

Collaborators

Brookfield Multiplex Pty Ltd
Lend Lease Group Services Pty Ltd
Mates in Construction Australia

Funding

National Health and Medical Research Council Partnership Project (APP1132588)