Mates in Energy Connector Bill Higgins at Callide

Supporting mental health and wellbeing

Over the last two years, CS Energy has worked to build a stronger, more supportive workplace that is able to look after our people when they are in need of help.

CS Energy began working with suicide prevention charity MATES in Construction (MIC) in 2015. Since that time, CS Energy has become a fully accredited MIC employer, which has helped the company provide its people with the skills and tools they need to help themselves and their work mates.

CS Energy Head of Health and Safety Steve Faulkner said the accreditation requirements included providing suicide awareness training for at least 80 percent of its workforce and additional specialist training for volunteer employees.

“CS Energy now has 57 people across our four sites trained in how to talk to someone if they are thinking about suicide and assisting them to access professional help,” he said.

“We became involved with the MIC program as part of our commitment to our value to “Be Safe” and the emotional and physical wellbeing of our employees.

“The response from the CS Energy workforce to this program has been overwhelming because suicide is an issue that has touched so many people in the community.”

Callide Power Station Overhaul Quality Inspector Bill Higgins is trained as a MIC ‘Connector’, which involves keeping someone safe while connecting them to professional help.

“Taking the first step to confide in someone is often the biggest challenge for many people,” Bill said.

CS Energy was the first Queensland Government-owned energy corporation to become an accredited MIC employer.

CS Energy is keen to support the recently created MATES in Energy (MIE) and will look to transfer from MIC to MIE in 2018.