Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian Mining Industry

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Background: The current study examined help-seeking behavior for mental health problems of employees in the mining industry. Methods: The research involved a paper-based survey completed by a cross-section of employees from eight coalmine sites. The research aimed to investigate the frequency of contact with professional and non-professional sources of support, and to determine the socio-demographic and workplace factors associated. Results: A total of 1,457 employees participated, of which, 46.6 % of participants reported contact with support to discuss their own mental health within the preceding 12 months. Hierarchical logistic regression revealed a significant contribution of workplace variables, with job security and satisfaction with work significantly associated with help-seeking behavior. Conclusions: The results provide an insight into the help-seeking behaviour of mining employees, providing useful information to guide mental health workplace program development for the mining industry, and male-dominated industry more broadly.

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Tynan, R. J., Considine, R., Rich, J. L., Skehan, J., Wiggers, J., Lewin, T. J., … Kelly, B. J. (2016). Help-seeking for mental health problems by employees in the Australian Mining Industry. BMC Health Services Research, 16(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12913-016-1755-1

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