Mental Health Hub for tradespeople launched at Toolfair Exeter

Mental Health Hub for tradespeople launched at Toolfair Exeter

Shining the spotlight on supporting the mental health of tradespeople, Toolfair is launching a dedicated Mental Health Hub at its Exeter show, with the aim of fostering conversation, offering support and potentially saving lives. 

One recent report shows that four in five tradespeople (84%) experience mental health issues due to their job with nine in ten (89%) aged between 18 and 24 reporting mental health issues each year. Those aged 35 to 44 face problems most often with 1 in 10 admitting daily struggles.  

Shockingly, many trade workers reveal they don’t know how to access mental health support services, which is why the Toolfair Show is debuting its designated Mental Health Hub at the Westpoint Arena, Exeter show on 27th and 28th September. The show is free to attend for anyone working in the construction industry.  

Supported by two leading charities, visitors are encouraged to drop into the Mental Health Hub, start talking and begin their path to improving mental well-being for themselves, or someone else in their life who needs help.   

ANDYSMANCLUB is a men’s suicide prevention charity, offering free-to-attend peer-to-peer support group across the UK. Part of the Mental Health Hub at the Toolfair Show in Exeter, the charity’s Marketing and Partnerships Champion, Lucas Whitehead, says: “The first rule about ANDYSMANCLUB is it’s okay to talk. Our free nationwide support groups offer a space where men can open up about the storms affecting their lives in safe, judgement free space.  

“We want to break down the stigma of men’s mental health and offer a platform where they don’t have to battle to be heard or listened to, but where they can join the fight to reduce the rate of suicide in men. We’d encourage anyone visiting the Exeter show to come and find us in the Mental Health Hub and have a chat, whether they need the help now, or in the future, we’re here to help.” 

he Mind Your Head Podcast is a platform for those who work in the construction industry. It’s a place where they can listen to others in the industry talk about their experience of poor mental health and get information and support.  

Commenting on the importance of opening up and talking, Podcast founder, Rob Muldoon, says: “I started the podcast to give people hope and to let them know they’re not alone, no matter how dark times seem, help is out there and there are other people who have had similar experiences. I’m so passionate about raising awareness about mental health in construction and am thrilled to be part of the Mental Health Hub at the Toolfair show in Exeter. Whatever they want to talk about, anyone visiting is welcome to come and find me, sit down and have a chat. If we all start talking, together we can break down the barriers surrounding mental health and save lives.”  

For more information on the mental health hub and to get your free tickets for the Toolfair show click here 

To find out more about ANDYSMANCLUB and how to attend their free nationwide support groups click here

Listen to the Mind Your Head Podcast and find out about onsite talk visits 

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