Trade and construction workers are disproportionately affected by mental health issues, and St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital is taking steps to address this important issue during Mental Health Week.
The hospital is holding a free information session, “Mental Health Tools for Tradies”, on Thursday 11th October, 2018 from 6pm.
According to recent research by both Pricewaterhouse Coopers and MATES in Construction, tradies are more than twice as likely as any other Australians to commit suicide. It is one of the worst industries for substance abuse amongst employees, and the prevalence of anxiety in those working in the industry is higher than 20 percent. In addition, apprentices in construction are two and a half times more likely to commit suicide than other young men their age.
With support from Total Tools Toowoomba, St Andrew’s Hospital’s Mental Health information session will be delivered by medical experts who will discuss the risk factors of mental illness and how to find the right help and support services in the local community. A local construction worker, who has recently been a patient at St Andrew’s Hospital, will provide a first-hand account of his battle with mental illness and discuss his road to recovery.
St Andrew’s Toowoomba Hospital is the only private mental health facility on Queensland’s Darling Downs, and provides inpatient and outpatient treatment. The hospital’s mental health clinical team aims to support patients through their mental illness towards independence and recovery. This is achieved by providing a range of support services and individualised care for each and every patient.
As part of St Andrew’s Hospital commitment to providing high quality mental health services, the hospital is undertaking a major construction project, building additional beds for a new Mental Health ward due for completion in early 2019.
Contact the hospital for more details.