Tiny Home Auction to Support Tradies’ Mental Health

Author: Jamie Quinn

Tradies Mental Health

In a significant move to support mental health in the construction industry, a tiny home valued at over $200,000 will be auctioned with a starting bid of just $1. The proceeds from this auction will benefit Live Well Build Well, a charitable organisation dedicated to aiding tradespeople in managing their mental health and well-being.

Mental Health in Construction

Founded in 2022 by the Mental Health Foundation and ACC, Live Well Build Well has made considerable strides in assisting thousands of workers in the residential construction sector. The organisation focuses on enhancing mental fitness and developing preventative strategies against depression, anxiety, and other mental health challenges.

Rafael Caso, Programme Manager at Live Well Build Well, expressed excitement about their partnership with Unit2go. This collaboration aims to secure crucial funding for the organisation.

“We’re thrilled to have the support of Unit2go who have worked with a whole bunch of amazing suppliers to create a fantastic unit which will be auctioned off at a $1 reserve on Trademe,” said Caso.

“This funding is going to be huge for us. The work we’re doing is really important, and this will allow us to help far more people.”

Caso highlighted the vulnerability of tradespeople to mental health issues, noting the occupational hazards of working in a fluctuating industry.

“Tradies typically work really hard in an industry that has ups and downs so that they can be dealing with a lot of uncertainty,” said Caso.

“At Live Well Build Well, we’re there to help with a programme designed to grow mental wellbeing and resilience in this community. The work we’re doing has been really well received, and we’re thrilled to be auctioning off this tiny home, which will allow us to help even more hardworking Kiwi tradies.”

Mark Ross, owner of Unit2go, also shared his enthusiasm for supporting the vital initiatives of Live Well Build Well.

“The reaction we got when we reached out to our suppliers about this project has been fantastic. I think everyone in our community knows a tradie who’s gone through a tough time mentally, so everyone has been incredibly keen to support this initiative,” said Ross.

The auctioned tiny home is a modern, fully equipped 55-square-meter transportable unit featuring two bedrooms, an office, a bathroom, and an open-plan kitchen and lounge. It reflects a collaborative effort, with many suppliers donating their time and materials to create this high-value property.

“We’ve created a fantastic unit, and we’re encouraging New Zealanders to get involved and throw down a bid to support a good cause,” said Ross.

“I’d also like to say a huge thanks to all the suppliers who pitched in and donated time and materials to the unit; this has been a real team effort.”

The home will be on display at Fieldays from June 12-15. The auction will close on Sunday, June 16th, transitioning to a $1 reserve on June 6th.

Live Well Build Well

Live Well Build Well is a joint initiative by The Mental Health Foundation and ACC.

Live Well Build Well continues to offer practical tools and programs that help tradies build resilience, reduce stress, and prevent workplace injuries. This auction not only highlights the community’s commitment to supporting mental health but also showcases the power of collective efforts in making a significant impact.



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