Hard times: the suicide scourge among Australia’s tradies

Our apprentices at risk.

Group Training Organisation’s have a pastoral care role towards their employees and our employment consultants endeavour to detect signs of depression when carrying out their on- site visits.

This is the time for an apprentice or trainee to talk about his problems in confidentiality, and our consultants make sure they are “listening”.

We must all practice our listening and observation skills: let’s ask “are you OK?” more often.

For facts and figures, read this article in The Sydney Morning Herald (March 5, 2016)

Tough, physical work, poor job security and a macho culture that condemns the vulnerable. No wonder Australia’s tradies are at high risk of breakdown and suicide