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See us in the news on mental health

9 July 2019

Switched On and our Chief Executive Chris Hughes were in the news recently after we invited Mike King to an event in Christchurch where we started a conversation with our staff and industry about mental health and safety. 

Christchurch tradies talk mental health as NZ construction industry experiences high suicide rates


More than 600 Christchurch tradies have got together to talk mental health in an effort to turn around the high suicide rates in the construction industry. The number of suicides in the building sector has risen over the past four years, with 339 workers taking their own lives over a decade. 

"It's a male dominated industry, we're the worst talking about our feelings and being vulnerable," Switched On Chief Executive Chris Hughes told 1 NEWS. 

"I used to think the same way as some of these others guys do as well, toughen up, get over it, move on, but my understanding now is a hell of a lot more than it was six-months-ago".

- Article from One News

Check out Chris speaking on The AM show and for more articles on the story, click here: 

One News







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