Mental health is physical health: The barriers the mining community faces towards a productive, safe, and healthy workforce

Publication Type: 
Conference Proceedings
Language: 
English


Presented at the 2018 Mining Health and Safety Conference

Mental health is physical health: The barriers the mining community faces towards a productive, safe, and healthy workforce

Ben Kropp, Dr. James Kruck, and Jenna Kressler Occupational Safety Group

The presentation addresses the leading contributing factors of mental ill-health, which include: workplace harassment, a lack of support services due to their rural and remote environment, substance abuse, and social exhaustion. These factors affect not only members of the workforce, but the industry itself. A recent study completed by the New South Wales Minerals Council determined that mental ill-health costs an average mine of 170 people between $300,000 and $400,000 annually. The presentation will provide a blueprint for mining corporations to take initiative of their workers’ mental health by being able to recognize mental health symptoms. We will also speak to the need for mining corporations to provide their workers with the appropriate care and to connect them with existing local resources and support.