The Importance of Mental Health for Tradesmen and Apprentices

The Importance of Mental Health for Tradesmen and Apprentices

While Mental Heath may not be the first thing that comes to mind when tradies think about Health and Safety on site, it is increasingly becoming one of the most serious issues faced by those in our industry.

Why is it important?
As a Tradie, your mental health is just as important as your physical health and fitness. Looking after your mental health and well-being is a key component to succeeding in all aspects of both your work and personal life, and it is important now, more than ever to look after yourself and those around you. In the recent years, there have been some really alarming facts and statistics come to light about the state of Mental Health in the Australian trades and construction industries.

Did you know that 1 in 5 Australians suffer from Mental Illness each year, and that the suicide rate among young tradesmen in 3x higher than men in other industries? This is pretty scary stuff.

So what can you do?
There are many ways you can reach out if you are struggling, or can assist if you see someone else who may be going through a hard time:

1. Speak up
Whether it be a work mate, family member or professional, getting something off your chest can be a great start to feeling better.  Although this is easier said than done, speaking up, and asking for help really is the first step. In turn, if you notice a work mate who might be struggling, take some time to check in with them and show your support. 

2.  Seek Professional Health
There are so many organisations and professionals that can help with ones mental health journey and although it may be hard, reaching out for help is a rewarding and proactive way to start your journey to better mental health. If you are unsure where to start, simply ask your GP. 

3. Educate Yourself and Others 
Knowledge is our best resource when it comes to checking in with yourself and others. Simply being aware of early signs, different conditions, symptoms, as well as how to take action and knowing what support is available could save a life.  Educating yourself on mental health and being comfortable and confident enough speak about it openly is how we can break the stigma of mental health and make the topic more common in our industry!

There are heaps of great companies and resources around to assist, so if you are struggling, please reach out! We recommend:

Mates In Construction – 1300 643 111

Beyond Blue – 1300 224 636

TIACS – 0488 846 988
We are especially proud to be partnering with  TIACS which offers a free counselling service for those in the construction, trades and associated industries.

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