By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 01:23 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 01:33 BST, 1 August 2019
The health of blue collar workers is rapidly falling behind the rest of the country - with 190 tradies taking their own lives each year.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association's annual survey, released on Thursday, found that seven out of 10 tradies consider themselves fit and try to eat healthy.
But the survey highlighted 'blokey culture' was still symptomatic of many Australian tradies who often struggle to speak about their mental health battles.
The Australian Physiotherapy Association's annual survey, released on Thursday, found that seven out of 10 tradies consider themselves fit and try to eat healthy (stock image)
APA National President Phil Calvert said: 'While tradies appear reluctant to open up to their workmates and bosses about mental health issues in particular, the majority (73 per cent) said they wouldn't think any less of their workmates for taking time off for mental health concerns'.
'So it seems they have tougher expectations of themselves than their co-workers.'
Only one quarter of respondents said they felt comfortable talking to their co-workers about a mental health issue which affected their work.
Suicide is the leading cause of death in Australia for people aged between 15 and 44 and men are three times more likely to die from suicide than women.
More than 190 Australians working in the construction industry die by suicide each year, according to MATES in Construction.
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