Tradies' free breakfast: more than just a feed
AS A part of Tradies Health Month, the South Burnett is coming together to put on a free tradies' breakfast in Murgon and Kingaroy, with hopes of starting some conversations around mental health.
Murgon Amcal Pharmacy owner Curtis Mickan has sponsored the event and thinks it is an important initiative for the community.
"Tradies Health Month is really important around here," he said.
"We need events like these to promote it and get people talking about it.
"Because being a man myself, I know that most men don't look after themselves as well as they could be."
Mr Mickan said the event was much more than just a free breakfast.
"It's an opportunity to come together as a community and talk about our health," he said.
"We need to start more conversations about mental health especially.
"It seems most tradies are young to middle-aged men and that's the age group around the South Burnett that seems to really struggle with mental health and suicide.
"It's an ongoing problem."
Due to tradies starting their working day quite early, Mr Mickan said it was rare they saw many dropping by the pharmacy.
"So this will be a good opportunity to get to meet some of the tradie community members we haven't met yet and chat to them about health," he said.
"I think it's really important we chat about the early warning signs for mental health with the tradies especially.
"Because you've got to be able to spot when your mate or work colleague isn't themselves or not doing OK."
There will be two free tradies' breakfasts this week - one in Murgon on Tuesday, August 27, and in Kingaroy on Thursday, August 29.
The Murgon breakfast will be at Murgon Services Club on the corner of Lamb and Gore Sts from 5.45am.
The Kingaroy breakfast will be at Crowies Paints on 202-204 Haly St from 7am.
There will be a selection of bread, eggs, bacon, sausages, onion and fruit.