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Digging deep for mental health awareness in construction

Construction and machinery show Dig Deep has partnered with Beyond Blue to raise funds and mental health awareness in the industry.

Construction and machinery show Dig Deep has partnered with Beyond Blue to raise funds and mental health awareness in the construction industry.

The event will be held in Victoria on May 29 and all profits will go to Beyond Blue.

Dig Deep will showcase Australian and international construction exhibits with an emphasis on displaying cutting edge construction machinery, technology and expert information.

It will feature major brands such as CJD Equipment, Solution Plant Hire, and CRE Group.

The inspiration for Dig Deep comes from CRE Group co-founders Michael Harding and Patrick Doheny. Both born in Ireland, Harding and Doheny met on a pipeline project in Queensland and have since worked together for eight years.

A conversation between the co-founders outlined a desire to give back to the industry which gave them their start. It has also presented an opportunity to bring the wider industry together for support and connection.

“It’s a big industry and with the help of our sponsors and exhibitors we are confident we can make it happen and make change by providing our hard-working people with the vital mental health support they need,” Harding said.

It’s estimated that 190 construction workers take their lives per year, with workers six times more likely to die from suicide than accidents.

Young men in the construction industry remain an underrepresented demographic in this space.

The Dig Deep committee hopes to break down barriers in the industry through greater education and safe practice to raise $1 million for Beyond Blue.

“This year our machinery show is focused on supporting Beyond Blue and mental health awareness in construction,” said Doheny.

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