It is a crisis causing emotional and financial turmoil across the state.
It is a crisis causing emotional and financial turmoil across the state. Brett Wortman

Queensland losing 40 construction workers to suicide each year

DOZENS of Queensland construction workers are dying or facing serious injury each year because of suicide attempts in a crisis causing emotional and financial turmoil across the state.

Queensland is losing more than 40 workers to suicide each year, and a further 100 or more to permanent disability as a result of unsuccessful suicide attempts.

Hundreds more Queensland construction workers will attempt suicide each year in a trend costing our community over $355 million each year.

The majority of victims are male, their average age is around 36 and while the triggers for self harm vary, they often involve emotional and financial pressures.

Relationship problems have been shown to play a greater role in suicide among construction workers than in the general population, with one study putting relationship as a factor in construction suicides at 53.1 per cent compared to 29.5 per cent among the wider population.

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