Mental Health Awareness sessions







The 2017 sessions have concluded. For further information or to register your interest for a future program, please phone (08) 6241 6100 or contact Jo Ogden, Project Manager, via email or Nyssa Pye, Human Resources Manager, via email

Across Australia, mental illness continues to be a widespread issue. Workers in the construction industry are increasingly at risk of poor mental health and suicide, with construction workers, miners and tradespeople having the highest suicide rate of any profession in Australia. Sadly, the details below are only a snapshot of a very real problem that is having a significant impact on businesses and employees in the electrical industry:

  • Young construction workers are 2 times more likely to suicide than Australian men in general
  • Construction workers are almost 6 times more likely to die from suicide than a workplace accident
  • Male suicides out-number female suicides by a ratio of 4:1
  • 1 in 500 Australians will attempt suicide over a year, while 1 in 20 will consider it as an option
  • More than half of construction workers who completed suicide had told someone at some stage
  • Less than 7 out of 100 workers who suicide had sought professional help
  • Source: MATES in construction

NECA WA is committed to advocating for positive change in this area by: 

  • Reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness
  • Increasing awareness of the impact poor mental health and suicide can have on the electrical industry and affiliated businesses
  • Providing members with practical solutions and effective support to successfully combat these issues in their workplace
  • Help members fulfil their duty of care under occupational health and safety laws to do whatever is reasonable to minimise risks to workers’ mental and physical health 

As part of this endeavour, NECA WA has collaborated with MATES in Construction (MIC) to run free Mental Health Awareness sessions for members and their employees.

Members who attend these sessions will be provided with information to support mental health awareness and suicide prevention in their workplace.

Who are MATES in Construction? 

MIC is an industry based, registered health promotion charity specialising in raising awareness and prevention of suicide within the building and construction industry. MIC aims to: 

  1. Raise awareness about issues that may lead to suicidal thoughts 
  2. Make it easy for workers to get help for themselves or for a mate who is doing it tough
  3. Offer appropriate and accessible help for workers in need

How NECA WA members can get on board

NECA WA encourages members and their employees to register for one of the following sessions at CET’s Joondalup and Jandakot campuses in the coming months:

  • General Awareness sessions will initially take place in October and are specifically designed for business owners and managers.
  • Mental Health Awareness sessions will be provided in November to employees of all member businesses. 

General Awareness sessions – October 2017

Who should attend: Owners and managers of NECA WA member businesses

Description: This one hour session introduces members to the Mental Health Awareness Sessions NECA WA are running in conjunction with MIC. Members will be provided with an overview of the information and how it can have a positive impact on their business.

These presentations will be followed by time for questions, networking and refreshments.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017CET Joondalup4.30pm - 5.30pmEvent is no longer available
Thursday, 12 October 2017CET Jandakot4.30pm - 5.30pmEvent is no longer available

Mental Health Awareness sessions – November 2017

Who should attend: Employees of NECA WA member businesses and owners/managers who did not attend the General Awareness session in October


  • Topic 1 - General Awareness (1hr)

    The first part of the session introduces members to the impact of suicide and mental health issues in the construction industry and describes how some behaviours could indicate that a workmate may be at risk of suicide and how they may be able to help.
  • Topic 2 - Lived experience speaker (approx. 15 minutes)

    This speaker is a member of the electrical community who will talk about his personal experience with a mental health condition. The speaker aims to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and seeking assistance.
  • Topic 3 - Organisational and Personal Resilience (approx. 45 minutes)

  • The final part of the session aims to help members understand the factors which can impact positively and negatively on the mental health of colleagues. It aims to identify practical strategies to improve mental health in an organisation, as well as identifying strategies for improving personal mental health.

These presentations will be followed by time for questions, networking and refreshments.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017CET Joondalup4.30pm - 6.30pmEvent is no longer available
Thursday, 2 November 2017CET Jandakot4.30pm - 6.30pmEvent is no longer available

Further information

For further information about this program, please phone (08) 6241 6100 or contact Jo Ogden, Project Manager, via email or Nyssa Pye, Human Resources Manager, via email

Please contact our events team for any registration-related enquiries.

If you or someone you know would like help or further information, please contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit