Mining industry tackles mental health challenges

Senior mine safety representatives and health professionals have gathered in the Hunter to map out a comprehensive approach to tackling mental health and illness in the NSW minerals industry. Over 20 delegates from around NSW participated in the day-long workshop hosted by the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), working together to develop a ‘Roadmap for Mental Health' template document for use within the state's mining sector. The Mental Health and the NSW Minerals Industry report - a publication prepared by the University of Newcastle and the Hunter Institute of Mental Health - found an estimated average of between 8000 to 10,000 employees experienced a common mental health illness like anxiety or depression over a 12-month period, that people across employment categories are affected equally and that estimated costs including lower productivity are between $320 to $450 million per year or around $300,000 to $400,000 for an average mine of 170 people.

Source : http://www.workcoverqld.com.au/mining/articles/safety-solutions-mining-industry-tackles-mental-health-challenges

The Mental Health and the NSW Minerals Industry report
http://himh.clients.squiz.net/__data/assets/pdf_file/0004/4945/Mental-Health-in-Mining.pdf

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