A pilot program helping resources workers navigate mental health challenges has been launched by Lifeline and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA. The six-month Resourceful Mind trial has Lifeline crisis supporters dial in virtually to train people on site identified as natural listeners seen as go-to people when other colleagues need advice. Roy Hill, Mineral Resources, Simcoa and Woodside are trialling the program ahead of an expected industry-wide rollout next year. CME safety, health and wellbeing manager Elysha Millard, said the health and safety of all mining and resources workers was the number one priority. “The impact of the pandemic has seen many of those workers perform longer swings on site and spend longer periods away from family than they normally would,” she said. “Resourceful Mind recognises the communities that form at operations, and the fact those sites generally have go-to people who are sought out by their colleagues for a chat about challenges they might be facing or to provide emotional support. “Resourceful Mind aims to take those go-to-people — or minders as they are called in the program — and provide them with the training they need to better navigate those conversations, supply the support their colleagues need and also steer them in the direction of additional help as required.” “We understand many people aren’t comfortable talking about the challenges in their lives, or with their mental health, and we know from experience that men are less likely to ask for help,” she said. “The program modules are delivered by our highly trained telephone crisis supporters who have extensive experience in supporting people through crisis.” Ms MacGregor said support for the minders would continue after they had completed the training. Facilitators involved in the pilot program say the minders who have undergone training so far show a key shared trait: the willingness to help their colleagues through challenging times. Resourceful Mind facilitator Janet Pettigrew said a large number of people had already stepped forward to volunteer their time. “The seemingly simple act of reaching out, listening with compassion and linking the person into their own or other supports can literally save a life,” she said. Ms Pettigrew said she looked forward to support minders as the program progressed.