We are pleased to announce a three-year partnership with Lifeline WA as part of our efforts to address the mental health challenges facing resource industry workers in Western Australia’s mining sector.
Under the terms of the three-year partnership, MRL will be contributing cash and in kind support, to help Lifeline WA carry out and expand its work as the State’s largest suicide prevention service. This will provide training opportunities for MRL so that our staff have the confidence, willingness and skills to have conversations about mental health at the earliest opportunity.
Commenting on this significant partnership with Lifeline WA, MRL’s Managing Director, Chris Ellison said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the stress that some workers across the entire WA mining industry, not just FIFO workers, are under. Having an organisation like Lifeline WA that is well-funded and able to expand on its vital crisis support service is hugely important not only for MRL but for the entire State.”
Lorna MacGregor, Lifeline WA’s Chief Executive Officer said, “We are grateful to Mineral Resources for acknowledging this need and for making mental health and suicide prevention a priority.”
“I hope that the highly visible 13 11 14 number on the Mineral Resources NextGen 2 crusher encourages any person who is contemplating suicide, experiencing emotional distress or caring for someone in crisis to call us on 13 11 14,” said Lorna.
Thank you to our WA Premier, Honourable Mark McGowan for attending and sending our NextGen 2 crusher off with a great blast of the horn!
The NextGen 2 plant, an industry leading innovation, can crush up to 15 million tonnes of iron ore a year. It is being transported in parts from MRL’s Kwinana workshop by road to a mine site near Newman.