Today, Friday 10th September is World Suicide Prevention Day. This is an important day for the Cook Brothers Construction team to recognise because, sadly, the construction industry in NZ has the highest rate of suicide out of all other sectors in NZ.
Some sobering facts:
According to the Ministry of Health, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in New Zealand regardless of gender or ethnicity. It can affect all of us, and we all have a part to play in preventing it. The theme for this year's World Suicide Prevention Day is to create hope through action.
To create hope through action, the team at Cook Brothers Construction will connect in person and virtually, on and off their sites, to acknowledge this important day and spread the word that it's okay to talk about mental health. Tonight, we encouraged you to light a candle at 8 pm and show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one and for the survivors of suicide.
In the words of our Mates in Construction whanau – "It's okay not to be okay, but it's not okay not to do anything about it." This declaration will be used within our team today and every day as the starting point for our courageous conversations. We will always encourage our team to explore what self-care looks like, recognise and acknowledge the signs to look for, check in and focus on how we can support each other better.
For our team, their whanau and our community, we want to ensure that we keep talking, keep listening because "together we are stronger".