Supporting the Mental Health of Workers During COVID-19

Managing the mental health of workers is an ongoing challenge for the building and construction industry. The added pressures of COVID-19 restrictions have the potential to negatively impact the mental health of workers, particularly physical distancing and isolation measures. Changes to the way work is done during the pandemic can also be a source of angst for many.
 
The Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner has previously partnered in a mental health awareness campaign with BeyondBlue, and published a case study on Work and Life balance with ProBuild Constructions Victoria. The proactive assessment, awareness, and mitigation of both physical and mental health risks on building sites is essential, especially during these challenging times.
 
The following websites may be provide useful information for building and construction companies aiming to minimise mental health risks for workers:
 
  • MATES in Construction
MATES in Construction provides community development programs on construction sites, and supports workers in need through case management and a 24/7 help line. Their website has COVID-19 specific advice and resources.
 
  • BeyondBlue
BeyondBlue is an Australian organisation dedicated to supporting people with depression and other mental and emotional wellbeing related needs. They have launched a Coronavirus Mental Wellbeing Support Service. The organisation is also tweeting about COVID-19 support resources.
 
  • Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute, an Australian medical research institute, have a COVID-19 mental health resource page.
 
  • R U OK?
R U OK? is an organisation focused on using communication and connection to reach out to those at risk of mental health issues. R U OK? has published COVID-19 specific information and resources on their website.
 
The Federal Safety Commissioner has also published a range of COVID-19 advice and updates for building companies.
 
For additional information please email ofsc@jobs.gov.au.