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Common tradie mental health questions answered

Tradie wellness coach Aaron Huey talks through some common issues tradies might encounter, but not want to talk about.

Q: I’m worried about taking time off for mental health reasons because I’m the primary breadwinner for my family. How can I talk to my employer about this without risking my job security?

A: It’s understandable to have concerns about job security, especially when your family’s financial stability is at stake. Consider having an honest conversation with your employer about your situation. Highlight your dedication to your work and emphasise that taking time off for mental health reasons is crucial for your ability to continue performing well in the long term. Many employers have policies in place to support employees’ mental health needs, and they may be more understanding than you expect.

Q: As a tradesman, I often face high-pressure situations and tight deadlines. Are there quick stress-relief techniques I can use on the job to help manage my mental health?

A: Absolutely. Simple stress-relief techniques like deep breathing exercises, taking short breaks to stretch or walk around, and practicing mindfulness can be done discreetly on the job. Additionally, finding a trusted co-worker or supervisor to talk to when feeling overwhelmed can provide immediate relief and support.

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Q: I’m concerned that opening up about my mental health struggles at work might make me seem less reliable or capable in the eyes of my co-workers. How can I address this stigma?

A: It’s understandable to worry about how others might perceive you, especially in a male-dominated industry like construction. However, by speaking openly about your experiences and struggles, you may actually encourage others to do the same. Consider starting small by sharing your story with a trusted co-worker or supervisor. Over time, as more people see the strength and courage it takes to speak up, the stigma surrounding mental health in the workplace may begin to diminish.

Q: What resources are available to help me cope with the emotional toll of balancing work and family responsibilities, especially after a long day on the job?

A: Finding ways to decompress and recharge after a long day at work is crucial for maintaining mental well-being, especially when juggling family responsibilities. Consider engaging in activities that help you unwind and connect with your family, such as going for a walk together, playing games, or simply having quality time to talk and relax. Additionally, seeking support from friends, family members, or a therapist can provide valuable emotional support during challenging times.

Q: How can I ensure that my children understand the importance of mental health and feel comfortable talking to me about their own struggles in the future?

A: Leading by example is key. By openly discussing your own mental health and demonstrating healthy coping strategies, you’re setting a positive example for your children. Encourage open communication by creating a safe and non-judgmental environment where your children feel comfortable expressing their thoughts and feelings. Let them know that it’s okay to ask for help when needed, and re-assure them that you’re always there to support them.

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