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15 October 2019
A proactive approach to good mental health is crucial for the construction industry, which sees a disproportionate number of its workforce affected by mental health issues.
Those working in the construction industry are more than twice as likely to suicide as other people in Australia, and about 21% of the workforce is estimated to suffer from some form of a mental health condition.
Jobsite ANZ spoke with Rhett Morris, Owner and Director of Bulletproof People about the practical steps that need to be taken to address this growing concern in the industry.
Morris founded Bulletproof People over nine years ago. He works with leaders and teams to improve the way employees perform under pressure, and the construction industry is his key focus. Prior to founding Bulletproof People, Morris was the CEO of One80TC, a rehabilitation centre in NSW, and gained experience as a social worker.
Morris wants the construction industry to “get on the front foot” with regards to handling the pressures that professionals are exposed to on a daily basis.
“The construction industry is notorious for very tight schedules and incredibly tight overheads. You have all the makings of people cracking under pressure,” says Morris. “And when they do crack, they often still have to keep going — the job has to get done.”
Morris notes that many workers in the construction industry have to contend with more challenges than ever before. That’s why an early intervention becomes a key component of ensuring their long-term ability, motivation, and health in doing their jobs.
“The jobs these days are very different. The safety regulations, the laws that are in place, client intricacies, job difficulties, public scrutiny — these are the reasons for this type of training. These guys are facing a new type of pressure — it’s not the job itself, but all the stuff that surrounds it,” he says.