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

Ross J. Tynan, Robyn Considine, Jane L. Rich, Jaelea Skehan, John Wiggers, Terry J. Lewin, Carole James, Kerry Inder, Amanda L. Baker, Frances Kay-Lambkin, David Perkins, Brian J. Kelly

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Article number498
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalBMC Health Services Research
Publication statusPublished - 21 Sept 2016
Externally publishedYes


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