Stigma around support

HIA and beyondblue are working together to promote a mentally healthy workplace for all building professionals.

HIA and the HIA Charitable Foundation have partnered with beyondblue to provide relevant information regarding mental health in the residential construction industry – available from one location on HIA’s website.

The partnership aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of those working in our industry, to prevent suicide, and reduce stigma and discrimination around mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

With mental health conditions affecting a total of three-million Australians, and one in four people in our industry, it is an important initiative to help raise funds for research and programs to encourage people to seek support.

beyondblue aims to break down the barriers that prevent people from speaking up about mental health and reaching out for support. They equip every Australian with the knowledge and skills to manage their mental health.

HIACF has donated $515,000 to help fund research and programs that support residential construction workers who are struggling with depression, anxiety or substance abuse

Heads Up provides employers and employees alike with the knowledge to support those around them – creating a more mentally healthy workplace. HIA members can access specific information about the mental health of those working in the construction industry through the workplace toolbox talks. The toolbox talk, the Educator’s Guide for Employers aims to equip managing staff with the knowledge needed to reduce workplace stigma surrounding mental health, and encourage and support those who may be experiencing a mental health condition.

Understanding the relationship between the workplace and mental health can be cost-effective for businesses as well as positive for employees. 

A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report found that ignoring mental health conditions in the workplace costs $10.9 billion per year in lost productivity. Through the implementation of a mentally healthy workplace strategy, people at all levels have a shared commitment to positive mental health.

The beyondblue resources, tools and services are easily accessible through HIA.

Visit hia.com.au/about/initiatives/beyondblue

If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, contact beyondblue Support Service on 1300 224 636, chat online at www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support

HIACF

HIACF: The building industry’s helping hand

The HIA Charitable Foundation was established in 2012 to help improve the health and wellbeing of those working in the residential construction industry, as well as the wider community.

The Foundation has raised more than $1.2 million over the past four years, contributing much-needed funds towards mesothelioma research; providing shelter for the homeless; and assisting non-profit mental heath support agency beyondblue in tackling the increased prevalence of anxiety and depression in the residential construction industry.

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