Lyons Construction are wanting to start the conversation around Mental Health, and have teamed up with HALT to kick it all off.
HALT (Hope Assistance Local Tradies) is a national grass-roots suicide prevention charity that is raising awareness in the construction industry.
As a company we are aware of the challenges many people face, some that are spoken about but many that are not.
The reality is that 70% of suicides in Australia are male, given our industry is 90% male, we want to ensure that all our teams onsite are equipped with resources that may aid suicide prevention*.
This week, we hosted ‘Save Your Bacon’ Brekkies at two of our projects, Good News Lutheran in Tarneit and 181 Moorabool Street in Geelong.
Led by our Site Supervisors, Cade Gardner (Good News Lutheran) and Steve Thompson (181 Moorabool Street) the teams were happy to come together to start the tough talk.
In attendance were many of our staff members from surrounding sites, sub-contractors, clients and Jeremy Forbes and Tom Kennealy of HALT. Jeremy and Tom were able to provide tradies and apprentices with the tools to start having conversations about mental health as well as learning how to support their mates when they’re going through tough times.
The HALT Team host the Brekkies for tradies and apprentices at workplaces, hardware stores, sporting clubs, Men’s Sheds and TAFEs across Australia to raise awareness of mental health and connect people with local and national support services. HALT also run HALT-Friendly Clinics Program in order to complement our outreach work with tradies. The first of its kind the program directly links HALT event attendees with GP and psychologist clinics in their local area that have a specific interest, knowledge and skills in men’s mental health and suicide prevention.
For more information, get in touch with the team at HALT who will happily assist in starting the conversation.