Here at GR Dirtworx, we pride ourselves on making a difference and giving back.

During 2020 we painted our CAT D6N dozer “Beyond Blue”.

With our “Beyond Blue Dozer” we are not only raising awareness for Mental Health in the Construction Industry but for every hour our machine is running we donate $2 to Beyond Blue and help support the services they offer.

We all have our own stories of either dealing with mental health or know someone who has dealt with it. After helping a close family member through some very dark days we knew how important it was for us to try and make a real difference while raising awareness to “BULLDOZE STIGMA”.

Our reason why

Nigel's Story

“March 2017, happily married with two gorgeous children, had the house, and the great job. I was living the typical life of a mid-thirties male, worked my way up in the world to earn enough to make life comfortable, little did l realise at the time that it was actually driving a wedge between our marriage.

Fast forward to February 2018, I’m now sitting in the same house, but the house is now very different, there is no life to it anymore, no noise of little feet running around, the house is now a dark lonely place. I sit at the table where l would find myself numerous times, contemplating what l had to live for. I knew l was mentally in a very dark place, and the fact l felt no emotions to actually ‘pulling the trigger’ l knew it was time to do something.

I went to counsellors and paid a lot to money talking to professionals about what l was feeling and why I was feeling the way l was, and try figure out ways in which l could try get past the hard dark times. But it actually got to a point where l had repeated my story and my feelings so many times l was just very tired of it, and didn’t want to talk about it any longer, l just wanted the pain to stop.

I found it a real challenge to talk to anyone close to me about the thoughts l was having, due to not wanting to burden them with my worries, not wanting people to think l couldn’t handle what life was throwing at me, and also not wanting to be cuddled and told it will be ok, l hated the ‘you’ll be right mate, think of the boys’ comment, it was just the warm and fuzzies that l didn’t want.

The one thing that got me through and continues to get me through even today is the constant contact I’ve had with my brother, he will just call once or even twice a day and have a chat. Not ask the stupid questions and tell me everything is going to be ok. But more to just be that sounding board, to make sure what I’m thinking is right, and to just chat about life. He was probably aware l was very much suicidal, but he never brought it up, and that’s all l needed, l guess we all need different things at these times, but for me it was just someone to chat to when l needed it. It wasn’t warm and fuzzy most of the time, it wasn’t ‘think of the boys’, it was ‘what did you get up to today?, or are you watching the footy? It was normal bloke talk, that’s all l wanted.

If l could give anyone any sort of advice that finds themselves in a very lonely dark place as l did, is just talk, talk about whatever or talk about mental health, and you will be very surprised who you connect with in regards to mental health. You are not alone, the more we talk about it the more people open up about it. Males are terrible at talking about our feelings, but we are action orientated, hence why the suicide rate in males is so high. We just need to be honest with ourselves, and reach out when we are not ‘ok’.


Nigel Rogers

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