FIFO and Mental Health


FIFO and Mental Health

Working FIFO can be very challenging not having your normal social network and environment around you. This can place abnormal physical and mental distress on FIFO workers and their families. Surveys have seen a higher rate of FIFO workers rate their own mental health as poor, as compared to non FIFO workers.

Optimise a healthy lifestyle; 
• RDO days – use as intended for rest and recovery, get sunshine and fresh air
• Nutritious food choices
• Attaining your recommended sleep hours
• Exercise at least twice a week
• Limit alcohol consumption
• Be active in group activities
• Meditation and mindfulness
• Maintain family connections

FIFO workers who improve their mental health are generally:
• Healthier overall, both physically and mentally
• Better equipped to manage their work-life balance
• Less susceptible to workplace incidents and illness
• Absent less often
• Higher productivity
• More valuable employees
• Better engaged with their family, workmates and community

• Emergency on 000 (or 112 from a mobile phone)
• Lifeline on 13 11 14
• Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
• MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
• Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
• Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36