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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Blueprint for mental health in the mining industry released

The NSW Minerals Council has released   a Blueprint for Mental Health and Wellbeing, providing a high level guide to addressing the mental health and wellbeing of employees in the state's mining sector.

The Blueprint was produced by a team of experts at the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, in conjunction with the University of Newcastle and supported by leading resources research institute NIER (Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources).

Director of the Hunter Institute Jaelea Skehan says this document will provide mining companies with guidance on how to promote mental health and wellbeing and respond early and effectively to reduce the impact of mental ill-health.

"People are the most important resource that any workplace has and so investing in their health, mental health and wellbeing makes sense.

"We know that workplaces have an important role to play in prevention and implementing pro-active measures at industry level can make a real impact," she said.

This Blueprint follows the 2012 Mental Health and the NSW Minerals Industry Report and a workshop for senior mine safety representatives, health professionals and researchers hosted by the NSW Minerals Council, the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, NIER and the University of Newcastle to develop a mental health strategic action plan for the mining sector.

Press release

 

Workshop Report

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