Did you know that almost half of the Australian population will experience a mental health disorder in their lifetime?
Mental health is a priority issue for the NSW mining community, with one in five Australians affected every year.
Mental health is significant for the NSW coal industry because the lifestyle associated with mine work can pose specific challenges for mental wellbeing and family relationships. Miners need to navigate shift work, a male-dominated work culture and the cyclic nature of the coal mining industry.
The latest research shows that during the past 12 months, 1 in 2 Australians with a common mental illness did not get professional help. Men are less likely to get help than women.
Coal Services strongly encourages anyone concerned about their own, a friend or family members mental well-being to seek help.
If you would like further support or information about living with a mental health disorder, you can visit the Beyond Blue website or call 1300 22 4636. You can also contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit their website at www.lifeline.org.au.
Coal Services Health and Safety Trust is a supporting partner in the Mates in Mining suicide prevention program. The program operates a national helpline on 1300 642 111.