It’s OK not to be OK

Every second day an Australian tradesman takes their own life.

In Australia, suicide is now the number one killer of men under 44 years of age. Workers in construction and other trades—including welding—are even more at risk. Tradies are 70% more likely to commit suicide than their behind-the-desk counterparts.

We urge you to check on your colleagues. Ask your employees if they’re ok. Find out if your mates need a hand. We must work together to support one another, and to remove the stigma associated with mental health issues.

It’s OK not to be OK. 


Where to get help

There are several organisations dedicated to helping Australians, and tradesmen, with mental ill health. If you, or someone you know, needs help, visit:

  • Lifeline: https://www.lifeline.org.au/ or 13 11 14
  • Beyond Blue: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/ or 1300 224 636
  • Black Dog Institute: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au/
  • MensLine Australia: https://mensline.org.au/
  • Gotcha4Life: https://www.gotcha4life.org/
  • Mates in Construction: https://mates.org.au/

Resources for Australian Businesses

The Federal Government has a range of resources designed to help Australian businesses support employees and their mental health, including: