Tradies National Health Month 2021

August is Tradies National Health Month, and the OzHelp Foundation is encouraging tradies to focus not only on their physical health, but their mental health too.

Trades industries contain a number of risk factors that can impact health and wellbeing. Hazardous working conditions, long work hours, high-pressure worksites, tight deadlines, and environments where mental health stigma is pervasive, can all impact our ability to stay well, alert and motivated.

By looking after both our mental and physical health we can stay safe in the workplace, keep an eye out for others and function at our best.

Top tips for Tradies National Health Month

By swapping out just a few small things this month, you may be surprised at the difference small changes can make.

  • Fuel up 
    Limit fast foods and try making nutritious homemade meals. This may take a bit of planning and preparation but a good routine can save you money and improve your energy levels. It’s also a good idea to limit your intake of sweet drinks. Gradually make the switch to water – it will not only keep you hydrated but alert too!
  • Recharge on the job
    When you get a moment to yourself, it is important to recharge your mind and body. You can do this by making sure you put down the tools during smoko and lunch breaks. Go for a short walk, read a book, or catch up with your workmates. By taking a break you may feel more alert and focused when you return to the job.
  • Keep moving 
    Although tradie’s are generally pretty active, it is still recommended that regular exercise is included in your weekly routine. Walking, biking riding, working out, whatever form of exercise you enjoy can boost your body’s ability to prevent getting sick and improve mental health and quality of life.
  • Stay connected
    Worksites can be busy places but we can all play a part in seeing the signs if a workmate is struggling. If you notice a mate is having a tough time, then remember to stay connected. Ask R U OK? and check in. A conversation does have the power to change a life.

You don't have to be in crisis to seek support

OzHelp Wellbeing Support Officer providing support

If you or someone you know needs support there are plenty of ways to get help or connect with someone for a chat.

OzHelp provides free support and counselling to ACT building and construction industry employees, apprentices, and their immediate family members.

To start a conversation, call us on 1300 694 357 (9 am- 5 pm, Mon – Fri, AEST).

Otherwise, for 24/7 support, you can reach out to:

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