Tradie culture has been described as a "She'll be right" culture, because it's the response tradies give when a mate lets them know something isn't okay (Jeremy Forbes, co-founder of HALT).
It is becoming more widely recognised that Tradie Culture needs to change, breaking down the barriers to wellbeing for you and your mates. Mensline describes some important reasons to talk about wellbeing and mental health:
Sometimes things can feel like they are out of your control. You may can’t always change what happens, but you can work on ways to change how you react and feel about things. Some tips to help you support your own wellbeing and your work mates:
Mates in Construction have some great information and support for looking after your own mental health, and recognising when others are struggling.
Mates In Construction
This Is A Conversation Starter (TIACS)
Your trade-school lecturers were once Apprentices/trainees and know the challenges. They know your industries expectations and can be your first point of assistance. They can hear your concerns and will refer you to right person for help.
First and foremost: If you are feeling overwhelmed or struggling at any time in your apprentice/trainee journey seek help.
Free early-intervention, short-term mental health services are available to all TAFE SA apprentices/trainees who maybe struggling. Easy to connect, confidential conversations are available with our TAFE SA Counsellors via phone, online (video calls), or on campus.
TAFE SA counsellors can assist you and walk alongside you throughout your training journey. You can book an appointment through your local Student Hub or on the Student Counselling webpage.
Freecall 1800 882 661