MRL supporting Indigenous mental health

Mineral Resources

Mineral Resources (MRL) is empowering the next generation of Aboriginal girls and young women to grow their social and emotional wellbeing skills and develop preventative mental health strategies.

The mining company has formed a new four-year partnership with Shooting Stars, a program which supports more than 750 Aboriginal girls and women to make informed choices about their education and employment journey.

As part of this, MRL will be the principal partner of Shooting Stars’ Seven Sisters program. Over the course of 10 weeks, participants will attend weekly one-hour sessions and engage in culturally grounded activities, guided stretching and meditation, netball skill development and discussions on key wellbeing themes.

MRL executive general manager – project development Joshua Thurlow said the company was honoured to partner with Shooting Stars.

“Mineral Resources is proud to be part of the communities where we operate and we’ve been privileged to see firsthand the amazing work Shooting Stars is doing in support of Aboriginal girls and women across regional Western Australia,” he said.

“Extending our support as principal partner of the Seven Sisters program will help Shooting Stars continue guiding young people to build their confidence and knowledge to grow happy and healthy lives.”

Shooting Stars executive officer Fran Haintz said MRL’s commitment to the program will be a huge benefit to young Aboriginal people across WA.

“Shooting Stars takes an evidence-based approach to developing programs that empower Aboriginal girls in regional and remote communities,” Haintz said.

“It’s through programs like Seven Sisters that we can apply evidence, impact and research to challenge the systems and institutions that adversely impact these young people.

“This year we’re excited to expand the program across regional high schools and thrilled to have Mineral Resources behind our efforts to truly empower Aboriginal girls and women.”

Participants in the program celebrate the end of the program with a community netball match, attended by local mental health services providers who will give insights into how to seek help and break down barriers in accessing mental health services.

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