New research has found relationship problems may be a catalyst for suicide among men working in the mining industry.
In an Australian-first study, the Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention has found miners are significantly more likely than men in other jobs to have experienced relationship problems before taking their life.
The research was based on data collected by government agencies since 1990.
“We do feel there may be a role for programs within the resources sector that are aimed at strengthening relationships and supporting miners and their families to ensure those relationships are as healthy as possible,” she said.
Dr McPhedran says it is the first time data has been used to research the topic.
She says identifying family problems as a cause of suicide among miners may lead to specific programs to deal with the issue.
“Looking at the data what we are seeing is a lot of problems with a wife or a partner, girlfriend and so on but certainly that term can include things like broader family problems not just intimate relationships but children too,” she said.
“Certainly we think the resources industry [should] be aware of this potential risk.”
Anyone needing help should call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
This article first appeared on ABC Online on 12 November, 2013.