MENTAL HEALTH AT FOREFRONT OF ONLINE BLUE-COLLAR HELP

Photography by: courtesy Toyota Australia


A FREE TOYOTA AUSTRALIA-backed ‘virtual connection’ workshop aimed at helping address blue collar ‘tradie’ mental health issues goes live today - August 31, 2021 - from 6.00pm, mental fitness charity Gotcha4Life has announced.

MENTAL HEALTH AT FOREFRONT OF ONLINE BLUE-COLLAR HELP
Ultimately, the Gotcha4Life online discussion is to provide the tools to open up and talk honestly about the things that really matter in life, with ‘mental fitness’ and wellbeing being absolutely critical in this time of uncertainty and physical isolation.

With many acknowledging the stress and pressure that can come within the blue collar/’tradie’ industry, this has significantly increased due to the impact of the recent Covid-19 lockdowns, experts state. 

It can also feel difficult or uncomfortable to discuss feelings and emotions with colleagues at work, the charity explains. 

According to statistics from Mates in Construction, ‘blue collar’ careers (including tradies) have some of the highest suicide rate in Australia amongst men, and blue collar workers are 70 per cent more likely to commit suicide than their behind-the-desk counterparts. 

Additionally, modelling released by the Australian Medical Association (AMA) states there could be as much as a 25 per cent increase in suicide rates due to the impacts of Covid-19-related unemployment. 

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MEANINGFUL CONVERSATION

Thus this August, during Tradie Health Month, Toyota Australia will be supporting the work of mental fitness charity Gotcha4Life and its Mind Your Mate initiative by funding a special Tomorrow Man/Tomorrow Woman Connection Workshop. This will provide tradies with a mixture of engaging activities, encouraging shared laughs, and meaningful conversations, the organisations explain. 

Ultimately, it is to provide the tools to open up and talk honestly about the things that really matter in life, with ‘mental fitness’ and wellbeing being absolutely critical in this time of uncertainty and physical isolation. 

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THE CALL 

To partake in the free Gotcha4Life online discussion, participants merely need to be aged 18 years or older and register via the link below prior to the event. It starts from 6.00pm. 

As a Gotcha4Life Mate, you're encouraged to identify a close friend in your life and be someone they know they can talk to openly and honestly, about anything, without judgement, no strings attached. 

Gotcha4Life believes no one should worry alone, so they are championing meaningful mateship by asking Aussies to take the pledge.  

Become a Gotcha4Life Mate and let your mates know you have their back for life! 

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EVENT LINK:  

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/tradie-health-month-connection-workshop-registration-167395058125?aff=erelexpmlt

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