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National Tradies Health Month

August each year is Australian Tradies National Health Month (TNHM), a campaign to bring awareness to tradies’ health and encourage them to look after their wellbeing.

Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic and ever-changing circumstances around employment and health, many Tradies may be experiencing additional stresses and could be struggling to cope.

Statistics show that construction workers are 70% more likely to commit suicide than their behind-the-desk counterparts. Those who suicide often experience a recent relationship breakdown or significant financial pressures and could be using alcohol or other substances to self-medicate. If you recognise these signs in yourself, or a workmate or friend, or generally want to learn more - reach out and let us help you.

If you are a Tradie who is struggling and feel as though you may need some additional support to get through, it is important to reach out. There is nothing shameful about feeling you are unable to cope.

As a tradie, looking after your mental health is just as important as maintaining your physical health. If you are a tradie who is feeling the pressure – put down your tools, take some time to recharge your batteries and make your mental health a priority this National Tradies Health Month.

For tradies and employers, it’s important to recognise the risks associated with trade occupations to help change workplace behaviours and better support the mental health and general wellbeing of our tradies at work.

Tips to managing your mental health and general wellbeing this National Tradies Health Month:

  • Put the tools down Working through lunch to get the job done is never a great idea. In fact, if you don’t take a break to recharge, chances are your concentration won’t be what it should be. Without a break, your energy levels will drop and mistakes can set you back further. Worse still, accidents are more likely to happen.
  • Look after your mental health Monitoring your mental health is just as crucial as managing your physical health. If you’re feeling stressed at work, have worries at home or are struggling with unhealthy habits, don’t be afraid to seek help. Getting things back on track might be easier than you think.
  • Prioritise sleep Getting enough sleep will benefit you in many ways – it repairs your body and refreshes your mind. Not getting enough sleep can result in poor concentration and memory, impaired judgement and reaction time, and poor physical coordination. All are bad news on the worksite and can result in mistakes and injuries.
  • Regular exercise As a tradie, it’s likely that you are pretty active. While that might seem enough, it is still recommended that you include some regular exercise that includes connecting with friends, or that helps you switch off. Your mind and body will thank you.

Don’t ignore the warning signs. Tradies often associate pain as part of the job and try to brush it off, but this a dangerous mindset. If you or someone you know is experiencing feelings of anxiety, loneliness or depression – let us help you make your mental health your number one priority this Tradies Health Month.