Australasian Mine Safety

Australasian Mine Safety Journal Issue 23 Summer 2015

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AUST R A L AS I A N M I N E SA F E T Y J O U R N A L / Summer 2015 / www.amsj.com.au 22 what are some of the ways FIFO workers can reduce stress and anxiety while on shift? Most FIFO workers know how to reduce stress and anxiety and all have their own ways of doing this. However, some ways are more effective than others. For example, exercise is a great way to unwind, ensure a good night's sleep and stay well. Using alcohol and drugs may help in the short term but can create other problems if they are over used. taking good care of our physical health by eating healthy food, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are essential to reduce stress. Staying in touch with a partner, children and other family and friends also helps reduce stress. If you are not sleeping well or concerned about your wellbeing, get it checked out. Visit your GP for a check-up or, if you're on site and worried, talk to the EMO, your supervisor or phone someone you trust. Sometimes workers can worry about problems at home that can be stressful, especially when they are not there to help sort them out. It's important to talk to someone about it. talk to a mate, a supervisor or someone you trust. If necessary, ask for some time to sort out the problem rather than ignoring it or constantly worrying about it. there is nothing wrong with having problems. Everyone faces them sometimes. How we respond to them will either add or reduce our stress. talking about our problems is often a simple way to reduce our stress. If you notice one of your workmates is withdrawn, looking worried or not his or her usual self, ask if he is OK. Looking out for each other is one of the best things we can do for mental health in the workplace. why was This FIFO Life created? what was the inspiration or catalyst behind the website? this FIFO Life was developed to support the mental health of FIFO workers and their families, those who work in the resources sector or live in regional and remote parts of WA. the WA Mental Health Commission recognised that most FIFO workers are men working in isolated areas away from family and friends, placing them at increased risk of suicide. In Australia suicide is the leading cause of death for men aged under 44 years. this FIFO Life is also for women working in the mining sector. what kind of information or services are available on the website for workers who are struggling to cope with the FIFO lifestyle? the website has blogs, which are short articles with information, tips, links and videos about a wide range of topics that support mental health. Some examples include managing stress, building resilience, getting help with gambling, managing financial problems and many more. On the website there is a directory of support services and help lines. A shorter printed version of this directory is also available, called 'take 5 for mental health'. Companies have purchased this booklet to provide to their workers at induction, in dongas and for them to take home to their families. the team that developed this FIFO Life has experience of FIFO and work in mental health. their many conversations and interviews with FIFO workers and families have shaped this FIFO Life. there are some great guest bloggers and this FIFO Life welcomes contributions. Find us on LinkedIn, Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Youtube; or visit our website at www. thisfifolife.com. P R O F I L E THIS FIFO LIFE WWW.THISFIFOlIFe.COM the this FIFO Life team offers consultancy to mining and resource companies to develop Mental Health Plans and strategies to build mentally healthy workplaces. Contact Sue Crock sue@thisfifolife.com or Julie Loveny Julie@thisfifolife.com R E S O u R C E S 1] http://www.headsup.org.au:8080/docs/ defaultsource/resources/beyondblue_ workplaceroi_finalreport_may-2014.pdf?sfvrsn=2 UP FRONT INTERVIEW "long rosters (eg.four weeks on and one week off or even longer) place a great deal of stress on workers, especially with managing fatigue."

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