The Black Dog Institute is a translational research institute that aims to reduce the incidence of mental illness and the stigma around it. To actively reduce suicide rates and empower everyone to live the most mentally healthy lives possible Black dog Institute offers programs where a facilitator visits a work environment and delivers evidence-based mental health programs.

At NPM we feel it is vital to support our employees and have the appropriate steps in place to ensure staff wellbeing. The construction industry is one of the biggest employers in the country and is the most affected by mental illness and suicide. With 40 on-site workers and 50 office workers, wellness is essential to NPM, the running of our business and organisational success.

21% of workers in the construction industry were shown to have had a mental health condition and construction workers are six times more likely to die by suicide than through a workplace accident. This doesn’t even scratch the service of the effects of mental illness within this industry. Work plays such a significant role in our lives, mentally healthy workplaces are positive and productive. These are environments people want to work in and research shows mentally healthy workers are more productive and less likely to take sick leave.

Yesterday we had Black dog institute run their ‘Managing for team wellbeing’ mental health workshop with our team which was extremely insightful. We were advised ways to spot early signs of issues within our teams and promote wellbeing within the office. Black dog Institute were also able to offer strategies to put in place on how best support staff and work towards a healthy workplace. It is important for staff to develop these skills to have effective conversations around mental health. Black Dog Institute also advised of resources available to their team and how to get the skills to help people recover at work. These skills will make a difference when needed and can be something we can share with colleagues to ensure NPM is a mentally healthy workplace supporting those who need it, when they need it.