As part of the resources sector’s commitment to all elements of health and safety, the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) has today released a Mental Health Blueprint.
To assist industry on its journey of continuous improvement, CME’s Mental Health Blueprint is based on a document developed by the Minerals Council of Australia tailored to suit the Western Australian resource industry context.
CME Deputy Chief Executive, Nicole Roocke said the Blueprint provides a framework for promoting wellbeing of the workforce as well as reducing the risks and impacts of mental illness.
“Mental illness is a significant issue within the community and there is growing appreciation for how mental health issues may manifest in the workplace,” said Ms Roocke.
“CME recognises there is an important role for all workplaces to play in promoting wellbeing and addressing the risks and impact of mental illness,” said Ms Roocke.
The Mental Health Blueprint identifies key directions for the industry and recommends evidenced based strategies which can be applied at company and site level.
The case for addressing mental health in the workplace is supported by clear benefits for individuals as well as potential improvements to productivity, recruitment and retention. Further, fostering resilient and supportive workplace cultures can result in benefits not only for individuals but also for their families and the broader communities.
The resources sector recognises employee wellbeing, including physical and psychological wellbeing, as important aspects of fitness for work.
“Ensuring everyone can go home safely and healthy each day is a top priority for the resources sector. CME would encourage all companies to the utilise the Blueprint to guide continuous improvement efforts,” said Ms Roocke.