Mining keep an eye out for their mates

Downer has a long history of investing in the health and wellbeing of our workers, and our new partnership with MATES in Mining extends this commitment. 


Mining is a high-risk industry for mental health and MATES in Mining helps miners to identify problems early in others and themselves and take steps to get help. 

This evidence-based suicide awareness and prevention program for the mining and resources industry leverages industry participation and support to help embed suicide prevention and mental health awareness into industry culture. 

Our Mining team recently integrated this program into our broader approach to mental health and wellbeing. The goal is to build worker capacity and support and raise awareness about suicide and mental health in the mining industry. 

The Open Cut East Mining team officially launched the MATES in Mining program at Commodore mine in November and since then has completed General Awareness Training (the first level of training) at Meandu and Goonyella Riverside Mines, as well as the Milton office in Brisbane.

To date, 627 employees have completed General Awareness Training, 49 employees have completed Connector Training (second level), and 27 employees have volunteered to progress to third-level ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), with more to follow.

Blackwater Mine has approximately 450 workers who will commence their General Awareness Training sessions in April.

“The program has been very well received,” Mining’s Health and Wellbeing Manager, Shaun Smith, said. “Nearly 30 per cent of our workers have volunteered to be Connectors, which highlights the need and desire to help a mate is very strong within our organisation.”

Downer’s Shaun Smith (right) and Vinny Borg from MATES in Mining after a recent training session.