HALT Youth Week
Press Release: Young Tradies and Apprentices at the Centre of New Mental Health Campaign
1 June 2020
Hope Assistance Local Tradies (HALT), a national suicide prevention charity, have released a new campaign this week aimed at improving the mental health literacy of young tradies and apprentices.
With catchy slogans like: “Word Up” and “WTF” it is hoped that HALT’s key messages will reach the young tradies that need it the most. The campaign includes information cards outlining how to recognise signs of mental health difficulties, when and how to reach out if support is needed, and some strategies for self-care.
“In the current climate we are doing all that we can to reach out to the most vulnerable groups out in the communities in which we work. We know that there are unique challenges for younger tradies and apprentices, and we want to ensure that they get the help that they need to be able to thrive,” says HALT founder Jeremy Forbes.
More than 3000 people in Australia lose their lives to suicide each year, with 75% of those being men. HALT, founded in 2013, place a strong emphasis on suicide prevention initiatives within traditionally male-centred trades. One of the major risk factors for suicidality amongst men is a lack of communication or help-seeking behaviours.
HALT emphasises that connecting communities and normalising conversations around mental health and suicide are the key aspects that make their outreach programme effective. Their “Save Your Bacon” events held for tradies in TAFEs, high schools, trades businesses and other organisations, encourage blokes to have “tough conversations” with their mates around mental health difficulties.
HALT is encouraging all high schools, TAFEs and other learning institutions to share the resources with their trade students and apprentices. The resources can be downloaded from the HALT website: http://halt.org.au
Jeremy Forbes – Founder/CEO
Phone: 0409 756 274
HALT’s COVID-19 Response
18th March 2020
As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread across Australia, we know that the coming weeks and months will be tough and full of uncertainty for many of us. In times like this, we feel that it is more important than ever that we respond as a community and do what we can to help one another. Now is the time for solidarity and to come together with love and compassion. We want to assure you that while understandably many of our planned events in the areas we work in have been cancelled or postponed at the directive of our community partners, we will still be going ahead with any planned small community events as long as organisations and businesses are happy to push forward. Of course, we will be taking into consideration all necessary hygiene and distancing precautions in order to prevent the spread, as well as keeping up-to-date with current directives from health professionals and state & federal governments.
Rebuilding Community Resilience in East Gippsland
20th February 2020
Hope Assistance Local Tradies (HALT), a national grass-roots suicide prevention charity, have announced they are employing a HALT Project Worker to connect with individuals and community groups affected by the devastating bushfires in the East Gippsland region. The funding for the new community role, awarded by the Mazda Foundation, is to be used directly to rebuild community resilience and mental health, particularly amongst tradies.
Tradie Mental Health Gets a Boost in Keilor
17th February 2020
Keilor tradies are set to receive a boost to their mental health with the Keilor Village Medical Centre pledging to provide faster and more effective access to support and mental health care for tradespeople in the Keilor and North West Melbourne region. The practice is the first in the area to partner with Hope Assistance Local Tradies as one of their HALT- Friendly Clinics.