Fredon offices around Australia today participated in both MATES In Construction’s Fly The Flag and R U OK? Day, raising funds and awareness for suicide prevention.

National HSEQ Manager for Fredon Group, Andrew Campbell is a MATES In Construction ambassador and has been involved in the organisation for 10 years.

“I was lucky enough to help launch Mates in Construction in QLD over 10 years ago at the QLD tennis centre which came about due to the suicide rate being twice the national average if you worked in the construction industry which was very alarming. Since then the program has become a pivotal mental health program in the construction industry nationwide and won numerous awards for its program and research into this issue.

The MIC program has trained more than 10,000 construction workers to recognise very small red flags, and know what to do about it before it’s too late.”

Andrew Campbell, Fredon Group National HSEQ Manager

All money raised is being donated to MATES In Construction, to support their activities and help fund MIC field officers who will conduct site visits, general awareness training, support and counselling services and training individuals in the ASIST suicide intervention program.

A BBQ breakfast was held at the Sydney Head Office. In Victoria, Queensland and Perth, Fredon offices held a morning tea whilst the Canberra office is having an afternoon tea. All activities included discussion around suicide prevention.

To learn more about MATES In Construction and their programs, or to donate and support their work in suicide prevention, visit their website at matesinconstruction.org.au.