MAQOHSC Funded Mental Health Projects

Rock Solid Suicide Prevention Program

“Rock Solid Suicide Prevention Guide”The guide aims to build the emotional resilience and prevent suicide among rural and remote, fly in fly out workers in the mining and quarrying industry.

The guide also provides families with practical strategies to survive and thrive when experiencing the challenges of rural and remote work, working away, long hours on the job or shift work.

The “Rock Solid” program won the South Australian Regional Award for Health, and was a winner of the coveted Australian Mining Prospect Award for Community Interaction.

As part of the funded program a suicide prevention and emotional resilience guide was provided free to all South Australian mine workers.

More self-help books and guides for families in mining are available from Mining Family Matters https//

Guidelines for Mental Health First Aid

Further assistance in providing mental health first aid in the form of downloadable guidelines have been made available courtesy of Mental Health First Aid Australia.

These guides have been developed by a panel of experts to assist in providing Mental Health First Aid Officers with a range of workplace tools to assist workers who may require mental health support. Click on Guidelines below:

MHFA Depression Guidelines 2008

MHFA Suicide Guidelines Revised 2014

MHFA Panic Guidelines 2008

MHFA Adult Trauma Guidelines 2008

MHFA Problem Drug Use Guidelines 2009

MHFA Communication with Adolescents Guidelines 2014

MHFA Eating Disorders Guidelines 2008

MHFA Child Trauma Guidelines 2008

MHFA Problem Alcohol Guidelines Use 2009

MHFA Cannabis Guidelines 2009

These guidelines are designed to help provide first aid to someone who is experiencing a mental health problem.

The role of the first aider is to assist the person until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

More Guidelines are available from Mental Health First Aid Australia.

Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace

MAQOHSC were awarded the Mental Health First Aid Skilled Workplace Gold Badge

MAQOHSC maintained the accreditation for some years to support the importance of mental health in all South Australian mines and quarries.

MAQOHSC recognised the lack of knowledge regarding mental health issues as well as long standing stigmatising attitudes about mental illness.

Negative attitudes to mental health may prevent people from seeking help early, seeking the best sort of help and also providing appropriate support to work colleagues simply because they do not know how.

To provide support to all South Australian mine and quarry workplaces and workers, MAQOHSC ‘mental health first aid officers’ are available to assist your workplace.

Good mental health is inclusive to workplace safety and helps to:

  • More fully enjoy and appreciate the people and environment around us.
  • Use our abilities to the fullest.
  • Respond better to stresses and challenges within daily life.
  • Be more creative.