The Gold Industry Group has partnered with mental health not-for-profit LIVIN, to raise awareness of mental health and change the way the industry and society understands, perceives and interprets mental illness.
In June 2017, the Gold Industry Group held member and community workshops in Perth and Kalgoorlie with LIVIN founders Sam Webb and Casey Lyons, to demystify the stigma attached to mental illness and give people the basic tools to seek help and help others.
The GIG also collaborated with City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to produce a short film, where the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Youth Council interviewed LIVIN founders who shared a message of strength to the young people of the Goldfields.
This short film was screened for the first time at the 2017 Mental Health Week WA Opening Ceremony held in Kalgoorlie and has played been played throughout schools in region.
A recent audit conducted by the Department of Mines and Petroleum into the psychosocial harms in the mining and resources industry found the most significant area identified for improvement was the level of consultation with the workforce on mental health and wellbeing strategies.
With one in four people suffering from some form of mental illness and suicide the biggest killer of Australians aged 15-44, this issue requires the community to work together to support each other and change perceptions.
LIVIN was co-founded by Sam Webb and Casey Lyons in September 2013, in honour of close friend Dwayne Lally and other close friends and family who took their own lives after suffering from a mental illness.
The core of LIVIN’s mission is the mantra 'It Ain’t Weak to Speak,' encouraging and inspiring people to speak up and seek help. Through education and the use of fashion, social media and well known personalities, LIVIN influences generational change with a fresh new approach to mental health.
If you are suffering from a mental illness or know someone who is, contact your local GP or one of the many services listed on the LIVIN website or download the flyer below.