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Raising awareness of depression on the mines

Editorial
article image DBS operators, Darren Edmunds and Drew Curtis, with the blue truck at Jellinbah Mine.

In a bid to lift awareness of depression and anxiety and raise money for charity organisation beyondblue, Downer Blasting Services is rotating a bright blue bowl truck through some of its projects and donating $1 per tonne of product it delivers, as well as running mental health awareness sessions and establishing a Peer Support Program.

So far, $3000 has been quickly raised with the DBS crew ensuring they maximised the truck’s use and Jellinbah Resources agreeing to match DBS’s donation.

Beyondblue CEO Kate Carnell said with one million Australians experiencing depression and two million experiencing anxiety at any one time, the blue truck is a great way to highlight the importance of maintaining good mental health.

“The mining lifestyle, which includes travel to remote locations and working long periods away from home, can negatively affect the mental health of workers,” Carnell said.

“DBS’s eye-catching blue truck will help remind workers that looking after their mental health is as important as looking after their physical health,” she said.

DBS executive general manager Cliff Gale said that this initiative will put depression and anxiety out in the open and help workers gain a better understanding of these conditions.

“We hope this initiative will not only raise money for beyondblue, but will also help reduce the stigma associated with mental health conditions and provide avenues for employees to seek help,” Gale said.

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