Harnessing the power of Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs):
Although not mentioned in the study, EAP programs are increasingly offered as part of organisational health and safety initiatives.
EAPs typically provide counselling, support, and other services to employees who are experiencing personal, family, workplace, or other issues that are affecting their mental health. Services provided by EAPs are usually free or low-cost to employees and their families, and they are often provided by qualified psychologists, counsellors, social workers, or other mental health professionals.
The findings underscore the urgency of recognising and tackling the mental health crisis within Australia’s construction industry.
By assimilating effective intervention practices and promoting a culture of support, the sector holds the potential to overcome its challenges.