Evaluation of a workplace suicide prevention program in the Australian manufacturing industry: protocol for a cluster-randomised trial of MATES in manufacturing

A. D. LaMontagne, L. L. Cox, C. Lockwood, A. Mackinnon, N. Hall, R. Brimelow, L. K.D. Le, C. Mihalopoulos, T. King

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Males are at higher risk of death by suicide than females in Australia, and among men, blue-collar males are at higher risk compared to other working males. In response, MATES in Construction developed a workplace suicide prevention program for the construction sector in 2007 that has been widely implemented in Australia. In the current project, this program is being adapted and trialled in the manufacturing sector. The common aims of MATES programs are to improve suicide prevention literacy, help-seeking intentions, and helping behaviours. The program will be evaluated using a cluster randomised-controlled trial design with waitlist controls across up to 12 manufacturing worksites in Australia. We hypothesise that after 8 months of the MATES in Manufacturing program, there will be significantly greater improvements in help-seeking intentions (primary outcome) compared to waitlist controls. The project is led by Deakin University in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, and in partnership with MATES in Construction and a joint labour-management Steering Group. Trial registration: The trial was registered retrospectively with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry on 25 January 2022 (ACTRN12622000122752). Protocol version: 2.0, November 2022.

Original languageEnglish
Article number799
Number of pages10
JournalBMC Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 19 Dec 2022


  • Cluster RCT
  • Evaluation
  • Intervention
  • Manual workers
  • Mental health
  • Suicide prevention
  • Workplace

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