“Significant mining and associated companies had made major contributions to Mackay Grapevine Group’s efforts to prevent suicide and destigmatise mental health” Grapevine President, Laurence Manning said at the launch of a Grapevine branded dragline bucket on Friday 20th of November, 2015.

He said the branding of a giant mining dragline bucket with Grapevine’s logo and the donation of a $5,500 cheque to Grapevine’s mission would greatly assist further moves to publicise the very serious suicide rate and preventative moves in the Mackay region.

Picture: Laurence Manning, Grapevine’s President stands with Jo Shanks, Grapevine committee member and coordinator of Run for MI Life.

The companies involved are Rio Tinto and Hail Creek Mine, CQMS RAZOR and Melco Engineering.
“Suicide is the biggest cause of death for all Australians up to the age of 40. In 2014 Mackay region lost 33 people to suicide and 34 the previous year.

“The road toll in 2013 also was alarming with 23 lives lost but the rate of local deaths from suicide is higher.”

“We are also told that a number of suicide deaths are under reported.”

“The management and employees of the companies who made the presentation obviously are aware of the urgency of the problem confronting us all,” Mr Manning said.

“The presentation brings together a number of employers in our region and helps to promote some of our key goals – the reduction in loss of life through suicide through suicide prevention training and the removal of the stigma that some attach to mental health.

“We have been involved with quite a large number of private and public sector organisations but have had limited exposure to mining and engineering.

“The Hurricane 14 dragline bucket, partly Mackay-manufactured, is a tribute to local skills available in this region.”

“The companies involved and their workers had held fund-raising barbecues on site and provided shirts bearing the Grapevine name. Hail Creek Mine also arranged for Mental Health Check training for more than 1200 employees carried out by Edie Weiss from Grapevine as part of their training day program at Central Queensland University campus, Ooralea.