On track for better mental health
CONSTRUCTION workers are twice as likely to commit suicide, according to charity organisation Mates in Construction.
The group formed in 2008 to tackle the alarming rates of suicide and depression among the one million construction workers in the country.
South Perth plumber Sean Richardson knows all too well about depression after losing his mother to cancer last year.
“For me it was the realisation that you never know when you could be affected by depression,” he said.
“Recognising you have depression and accepting that it was OK, and that you didn’t have to keep it to yourself is the key to getting rid of the stigma surrounding the illness.”
Mr Richardson is among a group of plumbers and electricians who tackled the Kokoda Track last week to raise funds and awareness about depression and suicide.
The group has so far raised more than $69,000 in addition to the $125,000 they raised last year for beyondblue in a bid to raise awareness, empathy and support for those suffering from depression.
Mr Richardson said he was pleased to have surpassed his target of $5000.
People wishing to support to him can donate at www.beyondbluefundraising.org.au/event/kokodac hallenge until the end of next month.
Sean Richardson walked the Kokoda Track to raise awareness about depression.