Tradies are invited to a free virtual workshop tonight to support blue collar workers struggling with the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Toyota Australia has teamed up with Gotcha4Life to host the ‘connection’ workshop which is on Tuesday, 31 August from 6.30pm.

It is being facilitated by Tomorrow Man/Tomorrow Woman, Australia’s leading mental fitness charity.

The workshop is designed specifically for those working in the trade industry and is for tradies who want to open up and talk honestly about the things that really matter in life.

Sadly, 77,580 jobs have been lost in the Australian construction industry since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This rise in unemployment and job uncertainty will only worsen and according to modelling released by the Australian Medical Association there could be as much as a 25 per cent increase in suicide rates due to the impacts of COVID-19-related unemployment.

Mental fitness and wellbeing is critical in periods of uncertainty and physical isolation.

The workshop will provide some laughs, and participants can get some practical tools in this workshop that will change up the monotony of on-screen get togethers.

Tradies have some of the highest suicide rates among Australian men and 150 construction workers die each year in Australia from suicide.

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