Haymes Paint Shop and TIACS team up for T-shirt Thursday

by | Oct 3, 2023

Haymes Paint Shop and not-for-profit mental health support service TIACS (This Is A Conversation Starter) are partnering once again to encourage conversation around mental health, as well as raise funds and awareness for the mental health support services for Australian tradies available at TIACS.

For its second year, T-shirt Thursday will return for the month of October across 60 Haymes Paint Shops around Australia. T-shirts will cost $5 each with all profits going directly to TIACS to help fund additional phone counsellors. The campaign aims to engage with painters, tradies, truckies, rural and blue-collar workers, as well as their loved ones, to raise awareness about TIACS and mental health.

“We are delighted to bring back T-shirt Thursday,” said Haymes Paint Shop General Manager David McCormack.

“The support we received when T-shirt Thursday launched last year was overwhelming. While it was great to receive such a strong reception, there is clearly a need to continue encouraging conversations around mental health among tradies. We are proud to help shine a light on the important services TIACS provides to the tradie community.”

TIACS Co-Founder Ed Ross said, “The support from Haymes Paint Shops has helped us assist so many people. We cannot thank them enough for partnering with us again this year.”

Haymes Paint Shop launch T-SHIRT THURSDAY (l-r) Ed Ross, Co-Founder of TIACS, Haymes Paint Store Manager Paul Dwyer, Dan Allen Co-Founder of TIACS and Adrian Paff, Haymes Paint Regional Stores Operational Manager

“The profits from the sale of the T-shirts go directly to help fund counselling support. We would love everyone to buy an awesome T-shirt and help us continue supporting tradies and their loved ones,” added TIACS Co-Founder Dan Allen.

Both former tradies themselves, Ed and Dan put down the tools to start TradeMutt and TIACS after a friend tragically and unexpectedly took his own life in 2015.

The T-shirts have been produced by Lifestyle Brands in Melbourne. Manager Cameron Wallace said, “I have been touched firsthand by the struggle and sadness that mental health issues bring, so it is wonderful to be part of such an important initiative.”

Everyone is invited to help raise funds and awareness by visiting their local Haymes Paint Shop on any Thursday throughout October to purchase a T-shirt, as well as make a donation to support TIACS in-store. Find the nearest store at haymespaintshop.com.au.

If you or a loved one are in immediate danger or at risk of harm, please call 000. For crisis support, such as suicidal thoughts or intentions, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.