Companies launch programs to battle mental health stigma

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World Mental Health Day has seen the successful roll out of a ‘gamified microlearning’ program for miners to combat stigma around mental health.

Mental Health Australia said one in five Australians was affected by mental health every year, but many did not seek help.

To put mental health in a positive light, facilities management company Sodexo has collaborated with tech company Ed App to develop micro-learning and gamification specifically for mining employees.

Content is broken up into easily digestible bite-sized pieces, and then reinforced with games and rewards.

The interface was architected to reach an 87 per cent completion rate among Sodexo supervisors and managers.

Ed App chief executive Darren Winterford said, “Our mobile-based microlearning solution allows businesses to easily create lessons for employees to take on their mobile devices.

“The tool has complete flexibility in terms of curriculum. As it’s completely agnostic, it can be used for any subject like mental health.”

In celebrating the leaders of the resource industry, the AMMA award for workforce innovation recognised Sodexo for its initiative last month.

The ‘Investing to Save’ report by KPMG and Mental Health Australia stated that investment in workplace initiatives could save the nation more than $4.5 billion.

AngloGold Ashanti recently made a financial contribution to the $100,000 Grow Local project, which saw 29 people including miners from Goldfields graduate with a Certificate IV qualification in mental health last month.

Workers at Glencore’s Clermont and Liddell mines in Central Queensland and New South Wales, Peabody’s Moorevale mine in Central Queensland and MMG’s Dugald River mine in Queensland joined onboard to receive MATES in Mining’s training for suicide prevention this year.

In 2017, Australia lost more than 3000 people to suicides, making it the leading cost of death among people aged between 15 and 44 years old.