More blokes see­ing hope with Tradies In Sight

Dubbo Photo News - - News - By JOHN RYAN

BRUNO Efoti knew he’d hit a nerve when he founded sup­port group Tradies In Sight, but while the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s motto is “You’ll never walk alone”, he had no idea how many lo­cal tradies would walk with him.

He said the Work­place Well­be­ing Sem­i­nar hosted last week by Tradies In Sight was amaz­ing, with 70 peo­ple at­tend­ing the evening.

“I was hon­oured and hum­bled to have so many peo­ple come, but also see­ing them en­gaged in ways I had never seen be­fore,” Mr Efoti said. “There were peo­ple who had never been to our event be­fore, some of whom don’t have Face­book but found out from the pa­per,” he told Dubbo Photo News.

“They were blokes who have now started to open up and shared openly about their pain and it’s a hum­bling and raw thing to hear the re­al­ness of their ache.

“Peo­ple felt com­fort­able and free to en­gage and ask re­ally great ques­tions, and you couldn’t help but be em­pa­thetic about their sit­u­a­tion. You know they could see hope, they could see sup­port and un­der­stand­ing,” he said.

Mr Efoti said the feel­ing sur­round­ing the night was due largely to in­spi­ra­tional words from River­bank Frank, a bril­liant pre­sen­ta­tion from Dr An­drew More­ton and per­sonal shar­ing from Paul Hau­sia.

“They were amazed at the ini­tia­tive and said they’d have liked to have found out ear­lier so they can come and utilise the sup­port,” Mr Efoti said.

“They see an amaz­ing strat­egy be­ing used to build com­mu­nity and pro­mote deep con­nec­tion which can open up more doors to ac­cep­tance and tol­er­ance.

“It’s heart-wrench­ing to walk the hard jour­ney with these blokes, but I know that this is only the be­gin­ning of a path­way to health­ier and hap­pier fam­i­lies and sub­se­quently com­mu­ni­ties,” he said.

Al­ready the fledg­ling or­gan­i­sa­tion has got high-pow­ered back­ing, with NSW’S Min­is­ter for Men­tal Health Bron­wyn Tay­lor com­ing to town to at­tend the night along with Mem­ber for Dubbo Du­gald Saun­ders.

Mr Efoti said a spe­cial thanks had to be given to Dr An­drew More­ton for mak­ing him­self avail­able to fa­cil­i­tate such a great night.

“I’ve known An­drew for more than 20 years, he’s a down-toearth fam­ily man, a fan­tas­tic speaker and I dare say that he’s prob­a­bly the best speaker and com­mu­ni­ca­tor I’ve ever heard,” Mr Efoti said.

“An­drew stud­ied medicine in Bris­bane and af­ter grad­u­at­ing and work­ing in Bris­bane hos­pi­tals he moved to Bourke as a fam­ily medicine trainee along with his wife Karen. They spent the next 15years in Bourke rais­ing three chil­dren be­fore mov­ing to Dubbo.

“An­drew is pas­sion­ate about holistic care and has been ac­tively in­volved in med­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion for more than 20 years – he teaches med­i­cal stu­dents and GP reg­is­trars and has spe­cial in­ter­est in men­tal health and coun­selling,” he said.

The evening was all about learn­ing skills to not only as­sist man­ag­ing per­sonal men­tal health, but also is­su­ing peo­ple with the skills needed for them to help their fam­i­lies and em­ploy­ees.

Mr Efoti has built up a solid team of sup­port­ers and work­ers who’ve be­come an in­te­gral part of Tradies In Sight and said he wanted peo­ple to know the sem­i­nar wouldn’t have been the suc­cess it was with­out Paul Hau­sia’s live mu­sic and em­cee­ing skills, and Jenna Haase’s work or­gan­is­ing the lucky door prizes.

He said the sup­port from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion for Loss and Grief (NALAG), Headspace and Ru­ral Ad­ver­sity Men­tal Health Pro­gram (RAMHP) for at­tend­ing and show­cas­ing their amaz­ing ser­vices was also a crit­i­cal fac­tor in the night.

“Last but not least, thanks to my beau­ti­ful wife Jo for her tire­less work be­hind the scenes, I re­ally couldn’t do this with­out her,” Mr Efoti said.

“I re­ally do hope that ev­ery­one en­joyed the night and there­fore took away some great tips to help in hard times.”

Tradies In Sight founder Bruno Efoti speaks to the crowd at last week’s Work­place Well­be­ing Sem­i­nar. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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