Suicide high among young men in construction

Findings released today in a report commissioned by the Mates in Construction (MIC) industry body estimates suicidal behaviour among NSW construction  workers costs the state economy more than $520 million every year.

The health economics study, conducted by the Hunter Medical Research Institute, showed that during the three-year period from 2010 to 2013, 141 construction workers committed suicide in NSW. Their average age was just 37. 

In 2010 alone there were 57 fatalities by suicide among NSW construction industry workers, 145 self-harm attempts resulting in full