Every week in Australian 36 men will take their own lives, with several of them being construction workers. These statistics are alarming on their own, but in addition to this construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than a work-related accident.
Although we are lucky enough at Red Lips Media to work in a supportive and caring environment, unfortunately this is not the case for every Aussie worker.
With this in mind, we’ve jumped aboard to show our support for Black Dog on a Lead, a non-profit that fundraises for and encourages open discussion about suicide and mental health.
Black Dog on a Lead was started in 2014 by young men Massimo Lustini and Alessandro Alberti who have faced mental health issues and wanted to share their stories on a broader scale.
This led to the conception of Black Dog on a Lead, which in 2015 started the annual walk for mental health awareness. As a group, Black Dog on a Lead decided that they could make a greater impact by teaming up with other organisations.
Since then, they have partnered with Headspace, BeyondBlue and more, raising over $50,000 for mental health!
This year, Black Dog on a Lead has joined forces with Mates in Construction. Mates In Construction are an organisation with an industry-led approach to an industry problem. They focus on helping construction workers in their workplaces seek help and get better.
Mates provide suicide intervention support and mental health awareness training by showing construction workers how to recognise signs of someone needing support.
The walk takes place every year in October where thousands of walkers will come to show their support and fundraise. There is always a morning of open discussions, community conversation, food, games, prizes and, of course, a sausage sizzle!
The March for Mates is set for Sunday October 13, 2019. Click here to register.