Risk fac­tors in­creased

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

CURTIN Univer­sity’s Act Be­long Com­mit cam­paign man­ager Amberlee Laws says more com­mon sense and ev­i­dence-based strate­gies should be adopted by the min­ing in­dus­try to help im­prove the men­tal health of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work­ers.

Ms Laws cites the ex­am­ples of of­fer­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for fit­ness and leisure ac­tiv­i­ties, en­sur­ing work­ers can keep in touch with loved ones back home and bet­ter en­gage­ment with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“We know from re­search that there are a num­ber of fac­tors that can in­crease the risk of men­tal health prob­lems,” Ms Laws said.

“These in­clude be­ing so­cially iso­lated, or liv­ing or work­ing in iso­lated ar­eas, harm­ful use of al­co­hol and other drugs, fam­ily and re­la­tion­ship prob­lems, dis­crim­i­na­tion, stigma, vi­o­lence and abuse.

“While fur­ther re­search is needed to guide ac­tion on FIFO men­tal health, it seems that peo­ple work­ing in the FIFO in­dus­try can some­times be ex­posed to more risk fac­tors than other work­ers.

The cam­paign looks at is­sues such as sui­cide preven­tion, pro­tect­ing against and re­cov­er­ing from de­pres­sion.

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