The number one value and commitment of the Australian minerals industry is the safety and health of its workforce, where everyone goes to work and returns home safely.
Mental health is central to health and safety building on the Australian resources sector’s world leadership in Workplace Health and Safety.
Mental health problems can have an adverse impact on the individual, their families and industry productivity. Companies and workplaces can do a lot to support the mental health and wellbeing of employees.
Australia’s mining industry is delivering a range of programs that promote mental health and wellbeing, prevent problems, provide an effective and early response and integrate such programs within overall health and safety policy and practice.
Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide and research suggests that at work, people are more likely to seek help from colleagues than more formal support programs.
In recognition of the importance of mentally healthy workforce, the MCA and its partners have worked to build industry understanding and capacity, including the leading Blueprint for mental health and Wellbeing Industry guide.