The Australian Bureau of Statistics found that 20 per cent of Australians experienced a mental health condition over a 12-month period. At this point in time, Barrow Island – home to Chevron’s Gorgon LNG Project – had a population of 8,400 therefore it was estimated that over 1,500 personnel would experience a mental health condition per year. This inspired Chevron to implement an optimal onsite mental health framework.
To support the mental wellbeing of their site-based workforce, Chevron deployed a full-time psychologist to Barrow Island in 2015. The focus for this role was to:
- Increase awareness of mental illness with the workforce
- Promote protective factors at an organisational level to maximise resilience
- Encourage the workforce to seek help early for any mental health issues.
Following the deployment of a psychologist to site, mental health related evacuations reduced by approximately 50 per cent. This decrease in evacuations was directly associated with an increase in consultations for mental health related issues.