Fortescue workers receive Lifeline support

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Fortescue Metals Group has embarked on a month-long roadshow to promote mental health across its Pilbara operations in Western Australia.

Marking World Mental Health Day and Western Australia Mental Health Week, the iron ore miner collaborated with Lifeline Western Australia to provide employees with direct access to support services.

Fortescue chief executive Elizabeth Gaines said the roadshow was an important reminder to company team members of the importance of looking out for their mates and themselves.

“2020 has been a year of unprecedented disruption, especially for our fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) team who have experienced the additional pressure from longer rosters during the height of COVID-19 restrictions and East Coast team members who are temporarily separated from family and friends as they continue to work in Western Australia,” Gaines said.

“We are proud of how the entire Fortescue family has come together during these challenging times and it is our responsibility to ensure our team members feel physically and mentally supported at all times.”

Lifeline Western Australia chief executive Lorna MacGregor said the “incredibly unsettling year” had made raising mental health awareness more important than ever.

“Lifeline Western Australia is proud to join forces with Fortescue Metals Group in October to share real-life stories and encourage everyone to reach out when they need help,” MacGregor said.

Lifeline Western Australia provides all state residents with access to 24-hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.