McCormack takes pride in getting involved with R U OK Day each year, actively leading and inspiring action both on-site and at our head office. We firmly believe that promoting mental health awareness and creating a supportive environment is not just a one-day effort, but an ongoing commitment to continuing this important dialogue and making a positive impact on the well-being of our employees and partners. The values of this important day resonate deeply with our directors, Lauren, Greg, Wade, and Brad McCormack who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture where everyone feels welcome and valued.

On this year’s R U OK Day, which was held on the 14th of September, McCormack hosted a morning tea and barbecue, extending invitations to all our on-site employees and subcontractors, thereby creating a warm and inclusive atmosphere to promote the importance of R U OK Day. A big thank you to our project managers who publicly spoke on the importance of mental health and what the R U OK initiative aims to achieve. The words spoken clearly impacted and connected to everyone present, learning about personal experiences and different ways of showing support for those around you.

It was great to see tradies, known for their resilience, connecting with one another over morning tea and a BBQ while also listening to the significance of the day and the goals of the initiative.

Tradies can face a range of challenges across their working lives. In an industry where stigma is sometimes higher than it should be, these pressures can build up and impact the mental and emotional well-being of tradies if they don’t feel they can talk to others about their struggles. There are a few signs to watch out for on-site:

  1. Withdrawal / Isolation: If a co-worker suddenly becomes less engaged with work or shows unusual social behaviour, such as no longer participating in lunch breaks or engaging in conversations, it may signal a need for support.
  2. Absent: When a co-worker takes numerous unplanned or unscheduled days off, it raises concerns about their well-being.
  3. Mood Swings: If your co-worker’s mood fluctuates significantly more than usual, it’s worth checking in and offering a listening ear.

Each of us faces our own struggles, and by creating an environment of understanding, we can contribute to a more compassionate society. Let’s make conversations about mental health as commonplace as any other topic, and let’s be there for each other not just today, but every day.

The R U OK? website has some powerful resources available to download including the Tradies Tools To Talk information. Visit www.ruok.org.au/tradies to learn more.