What is mental health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices.

Men working in construction have one of the highest suicide rates compared to other industries, according to the CDC: a reported 49.4 out of 100,000, or twice the total suicide rate for civilian working men (as at September 2022).

IFA supports our members in times of mental strain – please contact one of the below organisations if you need help:


MATES in Construction

Tradies’ Life Coach Aaron Huey

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger or at risk of harm, please call 000.

For crisis support, such as suicidal intentions please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Mentoring programs

Mentoring programs help to facilitate knowledge sharing and help participants feel that they have a support network they can depend on. Pairing a mentee with the right mentor can have a profound, life-changing effect on their life. Find out more about mentoring programs in Australia at the below links.

Mentoring programs for women

Mentoring programs for men