Tradies face many challenges to their health. Whilst physical injury is often the first thing that springs to mind, there are many other health issues that need to be considered. With around 9% of Australians employed in the construction industry, these are matters that affect a large section of our population.
Mental Health and Suicide risk
Some aspects of tradie life can have a big impact on mental health. Long unsociable hours can affect family life and relationships, and there may be poor job security and financial stress- not knowing where the next job or next pay cheque will come from. Although public awareness of mental health has improved, there can still be a “macho” culture in the construction workplace, with pressure to maintain a tough “ invincible” image. This can make it harder to talk about problems such as depression, stress or anxiety. Sadly, suicide rates among tradies, construction workers and miners are far higher than in other occupations.