Port of Newcastle has launched a new partnership with Smiling Mind to enhance the mental health and wellbeing of its people.

At the heart of its operations are the people that work at Port of Newcastle, and that is why ‘Wellbeing’ is one of the Port’s four key values.

The current COVID-19 situation has presented a number of new challenges for employees and workplaces which can have an impact on mental health.

With many of the Port’s office-based staff working from home, the decision to incorporate Smiling Mind’s corporate wellbeing program is another way the Port can support the health and wellbeing of its people.

Research shows that mindfulness can help staff take a pre-emptive approach to managing their mental health, stress and their emotions in the workplace.

This program provides employees the opportunity to harness the benefits of mindfulness both at work and in their personal lives.  All Port of Newcastle employees will have the chance to participate in live workshops with Smiling Mind’s mindfulness experts and access its award-winning app and exclusive workplace content for much needed ongoing support.

The launch of the Smiling Mind workplace program follows the introduction of a Mental Health First Aid Training program in December 2019.

About Smiling Mind

Smiling Mind is a 100% not-for-profit organisation. Established in 2012, Smiling Mind exists to improve the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of Australians through the regular practice of mindfulness meditation. It is a pre-emptive mental health and wellbeing program containing tailored mindfulness meditations, videos, activities and workshops specific to today’s working environment.

More information about Smiling Mind’s workplace program is available on its website.

Port of Newcastle

Port of Newcastle is a major Australian trade gateway handling 4,600 ship movements and 171 million tonnes of cargo each year. With its annual trade worth about $25 billion to the New South Wales economy, the Port enables businesses across the state to successfully compete in international markets. With a deepwater shipping channel operating at 50% of its capacity, significant port land available and enviable access to national rail and road infrastructure, Port of Newcastle is positioned to further underpin the prosperity of the Hunter, NSW and Australia. As custodians of the region’s critical asset, Port of Newcastle is diversifying its trade as it strives to create a safe, sustainable and environmentally and socially responsible Port that realises its potential.

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