Jackson Rice welcomes a new partnership with TradeMutt, manufacturers of eye-catching workwear for tradies, by tradies; with the aim of the unique designs and patterns to start conversations about mental health among the blue-collar community. 


Former tradies Dan Allen and Edward Ross founded the company in 2016 after a young friend of theirs was lost to suicide; from there they realised that something had to be done to improve mental health in the construction sector. TradeMutt’s line of colourful workwear is designed to spark conversations about mental health, and to encourage tradies to talk about how they’re really doing.   


Impressively, TradeMutt has allowed Allen and Ross to fund TIACS.org (This Is a Conversation Starter), a free mental-health support service offering access to trained psychologists and support workers to all Australians – with 50% of sales going into TIACS.org. 


So far, TradeMutt has helped 4,650 clients reach the free TIACS support line, including a total of 4,016 hours of conversations.  


The newly established partnership between TradeMutt and TransAm Racing driver, Jackson Rice saw the Dream Racing Australia crew kitted out in some ‘This Is a Conversation Starter’ workwear at the third round of the National TransAm Series at Phillip Island last weekend.  


Rice is extremely grateful for this partnership, given it’s a cause that he is truly passionate about.  


“I’m very humbled to be partnering with TradeMutt. For so many people to be affected by mental health in Australia and worldwide, I think it’s vital to continually try to promote having a conversation,” said Rice.  


“That’s exactly what TradeMutt are successfully doing, and I’m proud to be able to spread even a little bit of awareness, whether it be people through our trades, the motorsport community or even someone watching at home. I think it’s important for people to open up more, and by wearing some really cool and funky workwear, it’s a great way to get those conversations started!”  


Owners Dan Allen and Ed Ross are equally excited about pairing with Rice and exploring the motorsport industry, in hopes of reaching more trades and people in a bid to create more awareness around mental health. 


“With the Blue Collar community of Australia being such great supporters of motorsport racing, it just makes perfect sense to have our work shirts among the pits and supporters of Jackson and his crew to ensure we are reminding people that conversations about mental health are normal and welcomed,” said Allen and Ross. 


“Together we will continue to change the culture around having vulnerable conversations as well as reaching out for help when required.”   


The next round of the Shannons SpeedSeries takes place at The Bend, South Australia on May 31 – June 2 – with Rice set to compete in round 4 of the Trans Am Series.  


Find out more here – https://www.speedseries.com.au/race-tailem-bend/  


Join the community. Buy TradeMutt workwear and start conversations about mental health to make an invisible issue impossible to ignore. 


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