Tick of approval for HALT tradie breakfast

GALLERY: HALT Save Your Bacon breakfast

HALT'S Save Your Bacon tradie breakfast has been given the tick of approval by other health and well-being organisations.

Representatives from Lifeline, Standby and community health services attended Tuesday's breakfast along with business and community leaders.

The event was designed to raise awareness about mental health within the tradie community.

Lifeline Central Victoria and Mallee executive officer Leo Schultz described the event as "magnificent".

About 250 tradies attended the breakfast.

"HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes has done a great job coordinating a lot of enthusiasm for something that he's passionate about," Mr Schultz said.

"He's targeting a cohort that he's actively involved in."

Mr Schultz said every little bit helped when it came to raising awareness about mental health and suicide prevention.

"We all mix in our different groups, whether it's at work, at school, in our sports clubs, or whatever, and I think it's great to have a multi-faceted approach.

"Today the tradies are here to have breakfast and to be together in a relaxed atmosphere and hopefully get the message across that even if you are travelling along well now, one day you might not be, so feel comfortable speaking up.

"It's also about being alert about what's happening to other people."

Hume and Iser managing director Stephen Iser said he was proud to host the event.

"Tradies are our lifeline - we deal with them all day everyday and we thought this was such a wonderful concept to host," he said.

"We know that tradies, if they have issues, they don't talk about it.

"I lost a very close friend of mine to this last year.

"So it touches everyone."

HALT stands for Hope, Assistance, Local Tradies and was formed in response to the impact of recent suicides in the region.

Co-founder Jeremy Forbes hopes to make the Bendigo HALT breakfast an annual event and, eventually, expand to other regions.

Mr Forbes encouraged tradies to participate in this weekend's Bendigo Suicide Awareness Walk from the Dai Gum San Chinese Precinct. 

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