MATES in construction: Impact of a multimodal, community-based program for suicide prevention in the construction industry

Gullestrup, Jorgen, Lequertier, Belinda and Martin, Graham (2011) MATES in construction: Impact of a multimodal, community-based program for suicide prevention in the construction industry. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 8 11: 4180-4196. doi:10.3390/ijerph8114180

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Author Gullestrup, Jorgen
Lequertier, Belinda
Martin, Graham
Title MATES in construction: Impact of a multimodal, community-based program for suicide prevention in the construction industry
Journal name International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1660-4601
1661-7827
Publication date 2011-11-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3390/ijerph8114180
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 8
Issue 11
Start page 4180
End page 4196
Total pages 17
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publisher M D P I AG
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Abstract A large-scale workplace-based suicide prevention and early intervention program was delivered to over 9,000 construction workers on building sites across Queensland. Intervention components included universal General Awareness Training (GAT; general mental health with a focus on suicide prevention); gatekeeper training provided to construction worker volunteer 'Connectors'; Suicide First Aid (ASIST) training offered to key workers; outreach support provided by trained and supervised MIC staff; state-wide suicide prevention hotline; case management service; and postvention support provided in the event of a suicide. Findings from over 7,000 workers (April 2008 to November 2010) are reported, indicating strong construction industry support, with 67% building sites and employers approached agreeing to participate in MIC. GAT participants demonstrated significantly increased suicide prevention awareness compared with a comparison group. Connector training participants rated MIC as helpful and effective, felt prepared to intervene with a suicidal person, and knew where to seek help for a suicidal individual following the training. Workers engaged positively with the after-hours crisis support phone line and case management. MIC provided postvention support to 10 non-MIC sites and sites engaged with MIC, but not yet MIC-compliant. Current findings support the potential effectiveness and social validity of MIC for preventing suicide in construction workers.
Keyword Suicide
Prevention
Men
Male health
Gender
Construction industry
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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