Mental Wellbeing

Mental health issues affect one in four New Zealanders and research from Australia indicates construction workers are six times more likely to die by suicide than in a workplace accident.

We, as an industry, need to do something about this by looking after ourselves and our workmates.

Along with setting up an 0800 number for members and their staff to call when they're feeling the pressure, we will highlight resources on this webpage.

Stay posted for news here.

Latest News

And there she goes!

17/01/2020

And there she goes! 


Way back last year in Men’s Health Week the Auckland Executive got together with the construction trainees at NZMA’s Mt Wellington Campus to build a shed, an underrated symbol of Kiwi men-ness. 

It was a busy week, the executive team committing many hours to the project while managing their own busy operations. The students at NZMA could not have had better tutors or mentors than these men, and they readily bought into the concept.

When it was ready to go, the shed was auctioned on Trade Me and raised a generous $4,000 for the Key to Life Trust, helping New Zealander of the Year Mike King spread his important mental health and suicide prevention messages to high school students around the country.  

Just prior to Christmas, the good guys at Mainfreight showed their commitment to men’s health by collecting the shed and delivering it free of charge to its new owner at Mangawhai. Thanks for buying the shed Paul – it will be excellent for you.

    

More Mental Wellness News

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11/11/2021
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11/11/2021
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29/05/2019
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29/04/2019
Master Builders invites you to take part in this survey as part of Massey Universities research programme into mental health in our industry.
29/04/2019
...Put all this together and we have to conclude that the old kiwi attitude of ‘taking a concrete pill and hardening up’ is killing us - quite literally. Because we typically don’t talk about it, we don’t own up to depression or anxiety or stress.
11/11/2021
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11/03/2019
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8/03/2019
A construction industry safety organisation has received funding to study why the suicide rate and mental health issues are so high in the sector.
11/02/2019
An 0800 number for members and their staff to call for free counselling
31/01/2019
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7/01/2019
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18/06/2019
A Taranaki builder is urging tradespeople to drop the macho image and not be afraid to ask for help with their mental health.