Episode 88 - Make an Invisible Issue Impossible to Ignore with Ed Ross from TradeMutt

** Trigger warning ** This episode contains conversations about suicide, if you would like to speak to someone from TIACS you can get in contact on 0488 846 988 or visit their website at www.tiacs.org/

In this episode of the Build Hatch Podcast, we had the opportunity to hear from Ed Ross from Trade Mutt.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Ed is based in Queensland and grew up in the centre of the State.

  • Whilst at boarding school Ed was unable to sit still and moved to the Northern Territory after graduating to work on a 4 million hector cattle station.

  • After moving back to Brisbane, Ed enrolled in a mature aged carpentry apprenticeship, which is where he met his now business partner and Dan Allen.

  • At the end of 2015, Dan lost one of his mates to suicide which brought to light the large mental health issues within the construction industry.

  • The beginnings of TradeMutt.

  • The goal is early intervention. Getting people working on their mental health journey early, to ensure we have the tools in our toolkit to manage those stressful times.

  • Setting up ‘This Is a Conversation Starter’ (TIACS) a not-for-profit mental health support service funded by TradeMutt. It is both a text and call service providing access to mental health clinicians in a free and easy to use from available Monday to Friday from 8am-10pm.

  • Ed tells us about this workwear rage and Funky Shirt Fridays.

  • The TIACS call room, which has over 38 clinical support people employed to give this free service for up to 10 sessions per individual.

  • TradeMutt gives 50% of it’s profits to TIACS which has funded over 2600 hours of free mental health support

  • The range of contributing factors that are adding stress to those working in the building and construction industry.

  • The culture of ‘toughing it out’ and how pocket QR codes are opening the dialogue.

  • Outside of work, Ed loves his footy and spending time with those that matter most.

  • Ways you can support TIACS by purchasing your workwear from TradeMutt.

Sit back and enjoy this interesting interview with Ed Ross from Trade Mutt.


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Build Hatch Podcast Soundtrack Title: “Ride It Like You Mean It”. Artist Name: Kristian Leo. Written By: Evert Zeevalkink. Published by Soundstripe Productions.