In a significant step towards fostering a culture of care and support, Glascott Landscape and Civil are providing suicide prevention training for their teams. Recognising the importance of mental health and the far-reaching impacts of suicide, they have taken proactive measures to equip staff with the knowledge and tools to identify warning signs, offer empathetic support, and guide people towards appropriate professional help.
In partnerships with Mates In Construction (MATES), an organisation dedicated to promoting suicide awareness in the construction industry, teams across Sydney and the Hunter Region undertook General Awareness Training, providing the necessary skills and resources to support others in need.
With a growing emphasis on mental health and well-being, some of the team members have taken the next stupe and undergone the MATES Connector training. Connectors are equipped with essential knowledge and techniques to recognise and address signs of distress. They are trained in the various aspects of suicide prevention, including recognising warning signs, creating safe spaces for open conversations, and referring to mental health resources. Education about the importance of early intervention and destigmatising conversations around suicide empowers these employees to make a difference within their workplace and industry.
“Mental health is really importance, and fostering a supportive environment is essential for the well-being of our employees and industry peers,” says Elliott Humphries, Glascott’s HSEQ Manager. “By providing suicide prevention training, we aim to create a group of people who can offer support and understanding to those who may be struggling.”
In addition, these initiatives aim to break the silence surrounding mental health issues and promote long-term changes in the workplace by encouraging open dialogue, fostering empathy, and cultivating a supportive community.
“Mental health is a priority for us at Glascott, and we are proud to invest in training programs like Mates in Construction to equip our employees and subcontractors with the necessary tools to support one another and others in our industry,” says Matthew Bourke, NSW General Manager of Glascott Landscape & Civil. “By promoting mental well-being, we are fostering a stronger, more cohesive team and contributing to the betterment of our projects and our industry as a whole.”
With each training session, Glascott Landscape and Civil hope to move closer to supporting all team members, cultivating a compassionate and empathetic industry where no one faces their struggles alone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to Lifeline: 13 11 14 or MATES Help Line: 1300 642 111