NFIA leading the WAY

By Wayne Smith – Executive Director, NFIA

In recent years NFIA has noticed a subtle change in attitudes towards mental health. As all construction workers are aware, mental health in the construction industry tends to be overlooked. Thanks to companies such as Incolink, health and wellbeing are now becoming part of our conversations.

On October 10, World Mental Health Day, and October 24 NFIA hosted mental health awareness and suicide prevention workshops. A healthy lunch was cooked for all Sprinkler Fitter apprentices in training at FiT that day and their employers.

After lunch there was a presentation and discussion on the link between what we eat and drink influences how we feel. Attendees heard about the effects of dehydration on mental health and what
we can do to keep ourselves hydrated on site and in the office. The session finished with a mental health awareness presentation and discussion on the impacts of drugs and alcohol on our overall wellbeing and suicide prevention. More than 150 people attended the events which NFIA plan to run again in 2019.

NFIA would like to extend its thanks to Incolink for the sponsorship they provided that enabled these two events to take place.