AMMA to equip employers with mental health assistance

Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA has launched an online program for psychological health and safety across resources workplaces.

The program is an industry first, featuring interactive and group-based training to provide employers with practical tools to support workplace mental health.

AMMA operations director, Tara Diamond said the training was the group’s latest and most comprehensive initiative to assist employers in their commitment to the employees’ psychological wellbeing.

“The program includes key insights, applications, practical activities, as well as providing participants the opportunity to role-play what can typically be difficult mental health-based conversations with employees,” Diamond said.

Diamond considered the launch especially topical at this time given the challenges posed by COVID-19.

“This is an immensely valuable program under any circumstances, but even more urgent and applicable for workplaces confronting the effects of the COVID-19 crisis,” she commented.

“This period is a crucial time for the whole industry to band together and be proactive with mental health, continue to break down stigmas of having regular conversations and sharpen our tools to identify and assist anyone who may be struggling.”

The program was developed under the supervision of the Resources and Energy Industry Mental Health Advisory Board.