HALT has a message for our tradies

A breakfast to offer tradies hope and assistance will be held in California Gully on Tuesday morning.

HALT and Fitzpatrick’s Home Hardware will host a Save Your Bacon Breakfast to mark Mental Health Week.

Hope, Assistance, Local Tradies co-founder Jeremy Forbes said one in five Australians were affected by mental illness in any given year, however tradesmen were less likely to have the information or confidence to seek support.

“Talking about life difficulties and mental health isn’t part of the tradie culture, which often encourages men to put on a brave front,” he said.

“Consequently tradies often suffer in silence; reluctant to access the help that will improve their lives.”

HALT aims to remind tradesmen they are valued by their community, and direct them to support services, both local and national, should they need them.

HALT’s Save Your Bacon breakfasts started in 2013, after the Castlemaine community was rocked by the suicide of a well-known and much-loved tradie. 

Since then they’ve spread across Victoria encouraging men from all walks of life to talk openly about issues that concern their physical, mental and financial health, breaking through the stigma that has plagued traditional masculine industries and pursuits.

Thanks to the support of Fitzpatrick’s Home Hardware and the Rotary Club of Eaglehawk, HALT will host the free egg and bacon breakfast and presentation from 7:30am on October 11 at the hardware on Eaglehawk Road.

For more information visit thehaltbrekky.com

MAKING CHANGE: Hope, Assistance, Local Tradies co-founder Jeremy Forbes.

MAKING CHANGE: Hope, Assistance, Local Tradies co-founder Jeremy Forbes.