Save the date for the next HALT breakfast

EXCITED: Tonks Hardware owner Jason Mills and HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

EXCITED: Tonks Hardware owner Jason Mills and HALT co-founder Jeremy Forbes. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

HALT will go back to where it all started for Castlemaine's second annual Save Your Bacon breakfast.

Hope, Assistance, Local Tradies co-founder Jeremy Forbes said the free breakfast event would be back at Tonks Hardware on September 10.

"It's actually World Suicide Prevention Day so we thought we'd do it then," he said.

"Tonks are very happy to participate for the second year so it will be really exciting to see the turnout.

"We expect more tradies than last time."

HALT has partnered with Bendigo Community Health Services and plans to expand throughout regional Victoria.

HALT is designed to raise awareness about anxiety, depression and well-being in the tradie community and was formed last year in response to the impact of suicides in the Mount Alexander Shire.

"HALT could only have come this far with the support and belief of the Bendigo and Castlemaine communities," Mr Forbes said.

"HALT is a community-based organisation and without the strength, solidarity and understanding of the community it certainly would have never got this far."

September's HALT event in Castlemaine will be the first breakfast under the new partnership.

"I'd like every tradie in the Mount Alexander Shire to come along and be a part of it," Mr Forbes said.

"There's no expectations, just come along and be a part of the HALT environment."

Tonks Hardware owner Jason Mills said it was great to see HALT go from strength the strength.

"It's something we've supported right from the start and it's great to have the feeling that it hasn't all been forgotten and isn't just a one off," he said.

"A lot of things happen and don't get followed through.

"But the follow through with this one has been really good.

"Jeremy has really done wonders with it and it's great that it's been supported by Bendigo Community Health Services.

"The guys around Castlemaine, the tradies, thought it was really worth while. They all realised that at some stage they might need some support and they realised that help is out there.

"They're all very supportive of it."

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