Mitre 10 Port Lincoln looks out for local tradies

COOK UP: Fiona Rosalia and Kees Mors cook up some bacon and eggs for local tradies at the Mitre 10 Trade Centre.
COOK UP: Fiona Rosalia and Kees Mors cook up some bacon and eggs for local tradies at the Mitre 10 Trade Centre.

August is Tradies National Health Month and a local business is promoting good physical and mental health among tradies with a couple of breakfast events.

Mitre 10 Port Lincoln has organised Tradies Breakfast events at its trade centre on Le Brun Street, the first held on Friday morning with another to be held on August 21.

Tradies were invited to enjoy some breakfast as well as gain information from Mentally Fit EP about improving their mental health and from EP Physio Plus and the soon to open Life Club about improving their physical health.

Mitre 10 Port Lincoln owner Fiona Rosalia said many tradies in Port Lincoln supported the business so it was only right to give something back.

She said the staff always had an open ear for tradies that came into the store, especially during the uncertain times being experienced at the moment due to COVID-19.

"We try to have a good relationship with all our tradies so if there's issues going on, financial as well as others that affect their mental health our doors are always open to work through it," she said.

"A lot are flat strap at the moment, but that creates pressure on another level.

"It's about having staff there that are willing to listen."

Mrs Rosalia said Mitre 10 planned to hold another breakfast in September for R U OK Day.

Tradies National Health Month highlights the health and injury risks faced by tradies across Australia and how it can affect them, their families, employers and the community.

At the breakfast Mentally Fit EP provided information about programs including LivingWorks and QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) which provide free online training to increase people's confidence in discussing suicide.

Jo Clark from Mentally Fit EP said it was all about looking out for each other across our communities.

"The important thing about this morning is making sure we can support tradies and small businesses in our community in developing tools and resources to be able to support each other in these unprecedented times," she said.

Mel Semmler from the soon to open Life Club said exercises for tradies to do were provided and a push up contest was also held on the morning as "physical health goes hand-in-hand with mental health".