Hon Helen Morton MLC

Hon Helen Morton MLC

Former Minister for Mental Health; Disability Services; Child Protection

    New online mental health resource for FIFO workers

    12/09/2014 12:00 AM
    • New resource, This FIFO Life, launched to support mental health of FIFO workers
    • Resource developed using $120,000 State Suicide Prevention Strategy grant

    Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) workers and their families now have better access to information on where to get help and support, thanks to a new resource launched by Mental Health Minister Helen Morton at today’s FIFO Expo in Joondalup.


    The new ‘This FIFO Life’ website was developed by the Mental Illness Fellowship of Western Australia (MIFWA).  Mrs Morton said it highlighted the challenges of the FIFO lifestyle and the strengths and resilience of FIFO workers and their families.


    “The State Government is committed to reducing Western Australia’s suicide rate, which unfortunately stands at around one person losing their life to suicide every day,” she said.


    “Part of that commitment includes the allocation of small grants through the State Suicide Prevention Strategy for events such as today’s FIFO Expo.  It also includes the provision of funds to non-Government organisations such as MIFWA to develop resources such as ‘This FIFO Life’.


    “FIFO workers have unique needs and they will be recognised as a priority group in the new multi-year suicide prevention strategy currently under development.”


    The Minister said MIFWA received $120,000 from the State Government to develop ‘This FIFO Life’. The fellowship undertook considerable consultation with FIFO workers and their families to identify where more information was needed to raise awareness of mental health.


    “The result is a fantastic website with blogs, articles and links about many different issues relating to mental health and FIFO workers,” she said. “It also includes short videos of FIFO workers and family members highlighting issues and sharing ideas, as well as a section on where to get help.”


    The FIFO Expo follows the recent launch of R U OK? Afield, a new resource to help FIFO workers talk to their mates and colleagues if they think they might be struggling.


    “R U OK? Afield uses tongue-in-cheek humour to remind mates working far from home that it’s not always obvious that someone is struggling,” she said.  “Resources include posters for staff and team leaders, staff postcards and toolbox talking points for managers.”


           Fact File

    • FIFO workers expected to number about 63,500 by 2015 and form the backbone of the mining and resource industry in WA
    • The new ‘This FIFO Life’ website can be viewed at http://thisfifolife.com/  
    • The R U OK? Afield campaign is sponsored by helicopter transport services provider  Bristow. It can be accessed at https://www.ruok.org.au/inspire-conversations/ruok-afield
    • Under the State Suicide Prevention Strategy, the State Government has invested $21million into suicide prevention initiatives since 2009.  In addition, the State Government Mental Health Commission provided $1.7million last year to crisis helplines, counselling and suicide prevention services

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