With 45 per cent of Australians experiencing mental health issues in their lifetime and 70 per cent of those not seeking professional help, Waratah based manufacturer Molycop partnered with Out of the Square to bring over 20 Hunter companies from the industrial sector to share their stories and support their workforce.
Each organisation recorded a moving and heartfelt interview, where their team members have courageously shared their personal struggles, challenges and the coping processes.
President of Molycop Australia, Michael Parker said the initiative is about breaking down the mental health barriers and destigmatising mental health issues.
“Through the sharing of personal stories, we aim to break down the barriers and build common ground amongst our employees to reduce any stigma surrounding mental illness,” Michael said.
These very raw and real videos will be shared with hundreds of employees Australia wide in toolbox talks and internal communications to help others in their daily life challenges, particularly in this extremely difficult year.
Managing Director of Out of The Square (OOTS), Marty Adnum said itis incredibly brave to speak up about mental health issues, and seeing these businesses step forward to help others is incredibly touching.
“The selfless bravery of those that have spoken will be of immeasurable assistance to many,” he said.
“In a worldof hi-vis so much goes unseen. This initiative is a small first step to help that. In 34 years of shooting and editing videos I have not been moved so immediately and intensely as these stories have done.”
With October being Mental Health Awareness Month ,Molycop organised a first of its kind Hunter Industry event day, bringing together these organisations to share their stories, hear guest speakers and collaborate to work towards the ongoing wellbeing of the Hunter’s workforce.
The success of the event and the shared passion to continue this initiative indicates this will be an ongoing commitment from all involved to help the workforce of the region.
IMAGE | Managing Director at Out of the Square, Marty Adnum and HR Partner at Molycop, Kayla Parker