Prioritizing Mental Health

Oct 10, 2022 - Insights

One aspect of maintaining a safety culture that is often overlooked is mental health. Globally, one in six adults faces mental health challenges, such as depression and anxiety. We are proud that Tronox has expanded the mental health support provided to employees across the organization. Some examples include:

The Stallingborough Mental Health First Aiders program continued to grow, training the second cohort of First Aiders who are available to talk with employees about any mental health concerns they may be facing.

Brazil employees and their family members are invited to participate in weekly mindfulness sessions.

Our South Africa operations launched a Mindful Monday poster series to point employees and their families to resources to help with mental health and well-being, particularly related to the added stress during the pandemic. They also hosted virtual sessions with a psychologist during Women’s Month and Men’s Month.

We launched a similar Mindful Monday campaign in Saudi Arabia, as well as offered virtual mental health sessions with an outside provider. As part of Mental Health Awareness Month, the team shared the importance of mental well-being and ways of dealing with work stress.

In Australia, we embraced the Blue Tree Project, an international initiative in which blue-painted trees remind people to speak up when experiencing mental health concerns. Tronox’s blue trees are located at our Chandala and Wonnerup sites, with more coming. We also provided mental health training for all employees, including information about how they and their families can access resources through the Employee Assistance Program.

In the U.S., the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provider offers a variety of online resources, including practical mental health resources, how to cope with forced isolation brought on by the pandemic, and on-demand training. Additional resources are also available through our healthcare provider, including behavioral health virtual visits and an app to help with stress, anxiety and depression.

Even after the long and arduous battle against COVID-19 is over, the importance of mental health will remain. Not only on World Mental Health Day but every day. Moving forward, let us seek to understand mental health issues better, work to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and seek help for them; and be supportive of one another.

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