It’s the hardest industry in the world to crack and talk about your feelings, but two best mates from Brisbane are changing work sites around the country and helping those on the tools to look after their own mental health.
TradeMutt is a social enterprise workwear company that makes products that act as a catalyst to starting conversations about mental health on a daily basis. In doing so they make an invisible issue impossible to ignore. TradeMutt was started by Dan Allen and Ed Ross in 2018 after they lost a mate in the construction industry to suicide. It’s a massive issue but the pair don’t want to dwell on stats but instead create a cultural and social shift among blue collar Australia to enable people to speak up, show vulnerability, empathy and not feel judged. ‘’We all have mental health, we all need to start addressing it,’’ Mr Ross said. ‘’Most people associate mental health with depression or anxiety. No doubt these are symptoms of poor mental health, love and joy are also symptoms. As we should all eat well, exercise daily we also need to be actively looking after our minds.’’ Mr Ross said it is easier for people to open up on the worksite after someone takes the lead and speaks about their own journey. ‘’We all have a story and it needs to be told. No one gets through life without a few bumps and bruises, we need to start telling more people about it.’’ To find out more go to jump onto TradeMutt.com or if you or a loved one would like to access a mental health professional FREE please contact our Charity TIACS.org. You can also access their Podcast: TradeMutt's 120.Grit 'The podcast for the working class'