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Fulton Hogan awarded for mental health, suicide prevention initiatives

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Construction and infrastructure company Fulton Hogan has collected the 2023 Victorian Workplace LiFE Award at the 20th Annual State LiFE (Living is For Everyone) Awards.

The LiFE Awards celebrate the commitment and determination of those working towards the reduction of suicide in Australian communities.

In response to alarming statistics around mental health in the construction industry, Fulton Hogan formed a National Mental Health Steering Committee in 2020.

Chaired by Sarah Marshall, Executive General Manager People, Safety and Sustainability for Fulton Hogan Australia, the committee created a five-year mental health strategy to expand the company’s traditional focus on preventing workplace accidents to also include mental health and suicide prevention.


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“To date, we’ve had a strong focus on awareness and education,” Marshall said. “We have over 80 per cent of our leaders who have undertaken mental health leadership training and we have 400 trained mental health first aiders in our business across Australia. We’ve also developed mental health plans for our projects and sites, and partnered with the Black Dog Institute to help drive awareness, reduce stigma, and create change in the greater construction industry.

“Our current focus is on early prevention programs, flexibility and return to work programs following injury and illness, when we know our people are particularly vulnerable.

“Being nominated by the Black Dog Institution and then to be awarded the Victorian Workplace LiFE Award is very humbling. The active leadership at Fulton Hogan, commitment to training, and open and honest conversations means we are starting to reduce the stigma related to mental illness, and are encouraging our people to seek help early.”

For the full list of award winners, visit: www.suicidepreventionaust.org

 

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