“I am grateful to continue working alongside BESIX Watpac as leaders of promoting positive mental health in the construction industry, aligning our values and at the core, highlighting the importance of mental health in the workplace," said Mr Inglis.
BESIX Watpac CEO, Mark Baker, highlighted the stark reality facing the industry, stating that approximately 190 workers in the construction, mining, and energy sectors succumb to suicide annually, averaging one suicide every second day.
“Young men employed in blue-collar trades are twice as likely to die by suicide compared to their counterparts in other occupations. We are committed to collaborating with strategic organisations like Goanna Academy to address and reduce these alarming statistics."
Mr Baker stressed the positive impact of Greg Inglis’ contribution across BESIX Watpac, affirming, "Greg's story has aided our employees, subcontractors, and delivery partners in understanding that mental health is not a sign of weakness. Even elite athletes can be affected."
Looking ahead, BESIX Watpac has pledged to extend support to remote and marginalised communities adjacent to their projects through the partnership.
“Goanna Academy conducts community workshops with local councils and sports facilities to connect and inspire the next generation. BESIX Watpac will explore avenues for providing financial support and engaging our employees in volunteering opportunities to enhance the impact of these initiatives."
The partnership is one of several initiatives that BESIX Watpac has undertaken as part of its broader commitment to mental health and well being.
Mr Baker shared that the company has raised more than $70,000 for Movember since 2021, and recently secured partnerships with TradeMutt and TIACS – two social impact organisations specifically focused on increasing mental health awareness in the construction sector.
“As part of R U Ok Day this year, we organised for TradeMutt founders Dan Allen and Ed Ross to present to our national employees.”
“Their experiences and objectives resonated so well that we’ve added the vibrant TradeMutt shirt designed to spark a conversation about mental health into our uniform.”
“TIACS will provide free and easily accessible counselling services for constructions workers and anyone that cares about them.”
The integrated efforts with Goanna Academy and new partnerships underscore BESIX Watpac's commitment to fostering a mentally healthy workplace and making meaningful contributions to broader societal well-being.