We understand that FIFO life can be tough on everyone involved. It’s not an easy lifestyle and can certainly take it’s toll on families and couples in many different ways.
In order to help FIFO families connect with the services that they may need, we’ve put together a list of service providers in Western Australia that you can reach out to when you need some extra support.
If you are aware of any providers that we may have missed, or if you provide a service for FIFO families, please get in touch with us to be added to the list. You’ll also find a list of local South West services for families in crisis here.
Relationships Australia can help FIFO Families with many resources including family and relationship counselling. This can be done in person or online. You can find out more information about Relationships Australia’s counselling services here.
You can contact Relationships Australia on 1300 364 277.
If you or someone in your family are suffering from depression, anxiety or other mental health issues then Beyond Blue will be able to assist you. They are able to assist everyone in Australia – at work, home, school, university, online, and in communities across the country.
For immediate assistance you click through and select an option that is best for you or call1300 22 4636.
Beyond Blue can be of assistance if you’re the one suffering, or if you’re supporting someone suffering from depression or anxiety.
If you’re not sure whether you’re being affected by depression or anxiety, you can complete Beyond Blue’s checklist here.
You can contact Life Line on 13 11 14 and speak with a volunteer telephone counsellor at any time of the day or night.
They have specific resources for family and relationship matters listed here or you can contact their Family & Relationships Advice Line on 1800 050 321.
Employee Assistance Program
An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a work-based intervention program designed to enhance the emotional, mental and general psychological wellbeing of all employees and includes services for immediate family members.
The bigger mining companies most certainly have EAP, and certainly some of the smaller ones do too. It really depends on the scheme, however most EAPs will provide counselling services to the employee and their partner and children. You’d need to check with yours to find out what they offer.
But these services are FREE and can often be accessed via phone as well as in person, depending on where you live.
You need to contact your or your partner’s Company HR Department for details on how you can access their EAP. Most companies provide this information in their welcome packs too.
Black Dog Institute
The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness. They want to create a world where mental illness is treated with the same level of concern and seriousness as physical illness.
They have a number of resources based around anxiety, depression, post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar disorder.
Black Dog Institute is a good place to start researching mental health issues and finding resources to support you and your family in your pursuit of wellness.
Mental Health Care Plan from your GP
If you or your partner are suffering from depression or anxiety or any other mental health issues, you can visit your GP and ask to have a Mental Health Care Plan developed. This will give you access to up to 10 subsidised visits with a counsellor or psychologist (can be group or individual sessions). You can read more about developing a mental health care plan with your GP here.
Head to Health
This is a new website and is a collaboration between the Australian Department of Health, the community, and the mental health sector. It is a great starting point if you’re looking for access to services and information surrounding mental health. It has just been launched this month (November 2017).
Mining Family Matters
Mining Family Matters offers some unique services to FIFO Families including a free email Q&A service with their psychologists relating to relationships, parenting or your career. You can access this service here.
South West Mum Life – FB Group
Sometimes you just want to talk to someone who is going through the same thing. You’ll find a group of South West FIFO Mums on Facebook who understand the unique challenges of FIFO life on families and relationships. You can connect with other FIFO Mums and might even find a new friend to chat to or meet up for a coffee in person. Feel free to join the group here.
In addition to the resources listed here, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your family and friends.
FIFO life can certainly be lonely but if you have people around you that can help – ask them.
Ask them to take the kids for an hour so you can catch your breath. Or ask someone to help you with the kids when your partner is home so you can spend some time alone together.