March 3 2023

OzHelp’s Health in Trades Program Builds on Mental Health and Wellbeing Foundations

With over 20 years’ experience delivering health and wellbeing programs to Australia’s most at-risk industries of suicide, the OzHelp Foundation (OzHelp) today are proud to announce the launch of Health in Trades (HiT).

On average, around nine Australians die by suicide every day, 75% of which are men, with male construction workers have consistently been found to die by suicide at a higher rate to other male workers.

OzHelp has had a long-standing commitment to delivering health and wellbeing services to Australia’s building and construction industry, and HiT is a hard hat tip to the industry for which the Foundation was born to support.

Backed by over 20 years of experience, in-depth industry knowledge extensive customer and client relationships and voice of lived experience, the HiT program stream was developed to meet the continually evolving needs of the building and construction industry, supporting businesses and their people.

OzHelp’s Partnerships and Engagement Director, Caz Parish, said with the shift in the minimum standards expected of employers in managing psychological risks in the workplace employers are playing an active role in preventing harm and providing genuine care and support to their people.

“Employers are looking beyond mental health advocacy and how as an organisation they can practically prevent psychological harm within the workplace through data informed decision making and targeted interventions that are tailored to their worker’s needs,”

“We have developed evidence-based, scalable and accessible programs that assist employers in creating resilient, psychological safe workplaces by helping individual employees achieve their best possible mental health and wellbeing.”

OzHelp is accredited under the Australian Government National Standards for Mental Health Services and several core initiatives to the HiT program received accreditation under the Suicide Prevention Australia Accreditation Program in late 2022.

Programs such as the Tradie Tune Up (onsite health checks), counselling and wellbeing support services and the Workplace Tune Up program evaluated against six national suicide prevention standards to ensure they are targeted, outcomes-based, and provide a consistent, high-quality and safe standard of care.

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