Through Mineral Resources’ (MRL) multi-year partnership with Lifeline WA, the team hit the road with former Australian Cricket legend, and Lifeline WA Ambassador Brad Hogg, to travel through the Yilgarn and Goldfields to promote mental health and wellbeing.
Three schools, two MRL mine sites and a visit to the Yilgarn Agricultural Show were part of the road trip, which saw Brad share his story, advocate for positive mental wellbeing and provide cricket tips for keen fans.
A former Australian Test and One Day International cricketer, Brad is a passionate advocate for mental health education and speaks regularly on behalf of Lifeline WA, which provides support to people experiencing a personal crisis.
At Merredin College, Coolgardie Primary School and St Joseph’s Primary School, Brad shared tips for mental wellbeing and resilience with the students.
St Joseph’s Primary School Principal Mel Allen said that one of the school goals this year is staff and student wellbeing and felt it was important for students to learn about mental health at an early age.
“Brad’s tips on resilience, speaking up and where to seek help were exactly the kinds of practical tips children need, and it was great to have some fun at the same time with the cricket coaching clinics.” Mel said.
Brad said he hoped he was able to provide the site teams with a clearer understanding of how to look after their mental health. “It’s important to have a plan and a goal to get through tough times,” Brad said.
“There are resources out there like Lifeline WA to help you.”
Brad said he was impressed with MRL’s commitment to the mental health of its employees.
“With how organised and professional they were in planning this trip; it really shows how much they care about their staff and their mental health and wellbeing.”
The three-day trip, culminated in the Yilgarn Agricultural Show, which MRL has supported for many years, where Brad made a special guest appearance to chat to locals and share his experiences.
Members of MRL’s community engagement team hosted a stall on the day and enjoyed engaging with the local community on the activities and opportunities available in the region.
After sunset, the spectacular Mineral Resources Fireworks Display marked the end of the Yilgarn Agricultural Show for another year.
This initiative highlights MRL’s ongoing commitment to local community engagement, with a focus on continued improvement which is key to our future success.
If you’re going through a tough time and need someone to talk to, contact Lifeline WA on 13 11 14.