Jenn quarry training in Launceston April2016

CRRMH's training facilitator Jenn Caine facilitating a mental health awareness workshop in Launceston for employees in the Quarrying Industry.

Employees in the Quarrying Industry benefit from mental health education training

As a result of RAMHP's Workplace Support Skills (WSS) training, the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health (CRRMH) is currently rolling out a national mental health education program developed for the Quarrying Industry.

The training is being rolled across the country and includes Darwin, Launceston, Melbourne, Bendigo, Canberra, Toowoomba and Townsville.

CRRMH’s training facilitator Jenn Caine said that the feedback has been very positive so far with participants indicating that they feel more confident to have a conversation with someone who may be struggling with their mental health as well as understand what support is available and what they can do to help.

“'Participants are sharing some really valuable stories about situations and mental health concerns that they have dealt with in the workplace. They are appreciative of now having some strategies up their sleeve for when situations arise in the future”, she said.

According to Paul Sutton, General Manager of the The Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA), the training program was initiated after there was an overwhelming response from Quarry managers who felt they had very little understanding and knowledge of what mental illness is and how to help.

“Employees from the Quarrying Industry often have to work very long hours away from their families and can often find it difficult to open up and talk about personal issues.

“We hope that by providing this mental health awareness training, employees can feel more confident about recognising whether they themselves or someone else is having a difficult time and what they can do to help.

“It is important that we encourage people to open up and discuss their feelings and help each other when needed.” Paul said

The training is due to be rolled out by the end of April 2016.

The program has also been in the media recently.

CRRMH's Trevor Hazell and Chairman of the Central West sub brand ofThe Institute of Quarrying Australia,Mitchell Bland spoke to Julie Clift fromABC Central Westabout the benefits and need for mental health education inthe Quarrying Industry and how the training program was initiated.

To listen to the ABC Central West interview, click here