Hey Mate!

Did you know that a construction worker is six times more likely to die by suicide than a workplace accident?

Knowing the signs of suicidal ideation, understanding what they mean, and having the confidence to ask the hard questions could save your mate’s life. Check out our video series “Hey Mate, are you thinking about suicide?” here, connect with the supports listed below, or contact MATES In Construction SA to learn how we all have the ability to make a difference.

Does your mate need a hand?

Supports for helping. 


For some people, the thought of having a ‘mental health’ conversation may be challenging. The RUOK website has great information for beginners on how to start and stay with a mental health conversation. 

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid Training can give you the concrete skills to recognise and respond to someone in distress.

Mates In Construction

Mates In Construction are not just a support service. They also provide Awareness Training, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, and Connector Training specifically tailored to maintaining mental health on construction sites.

Gain insights

Visit any of the following websites for great resources on mental health and wellbeing: beyondblue.org.au, au.reachout.com, sane.org, blackdoginstitute.org.au, mindshare.org.au

Check out local podcast “Young Blood – Men’s Mental Health” – the podcast for young men’s mental health, striving for a world with less suicide.

Carer Gateway

If you’re a parent, partner, sibling, child or friend caring for someone with mental health challenges, contact Carer Gateway 1800 422 737 to ensure you get support too.

I need  support…

Services for when you need a hand. 
Crisis & Peer Support Lines

Head to our Need Help Now page for mental health emergency, crisis, or peer support lines in South Australia.

Mates In Construction

If you are doing it tough, the MATES Helpline is available 24/7 on 1300 642 111, providing support specifically for tradies and construction workers.

Bolton Brothers

Bolton Brothers deliver SA-based mental health services designed not just for men, but with men, to ensure they are relevant, accessible, timely and effective. To get in touch with their Psychology Practice or to book an appointment phone 08 8431 3381


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INATT is a support group for everyday males of all ages. Judgement free and a safe place\events to help males work through the everyday struggles they face.

Alcohol and Drug Information Service

A 24 hour service you can call on 1300 131 340.

Gambling Help Service

Head here to learn about services available to you through Relationships Australia SA or call 1800 934 196.

MensLine Australia

MensLine Australia is a telephone and online counselling service offering support for Australian men anywhere, anytime. Call 1300 78 99 78

Men’s Sheds

Mens Sheds’ provide safe and friendly environments where men are able to work on meaningful projects at their own pace in the company of other men, with a major objective of improved wellbeing.Head here to find a Mens Shed near you.

Our Hey Mate! animations help you understand the signs that a mate is facing mental health challenges and could be thinking of suicide. We also show how you can help them.

These were made with the assistance of consultants Nathan Bolton, Member Premier’s Council for Suicide Prevention and Simon Tyler, Psychologist and PHD Candidate looking at why men in this industry are taking their own lives.