Fighting mental illness in remote Australia

A unique mateship between fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining workers is helping to combat mental illness.

Wesley McTernan, a PhD student with the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy is investigating the social supports that are becoming increasingly vital between co-workers.

Earlier this year at the International Congress of Occupational Health in Seoul, South Korea, Wes presented the “buffering effect” of co-workers among Australian mining workers.

“What our research supported is that there is a mutual relationship of causality between work-family conflict, i.e. difficulty meeting family responsibilities because of demands at work, and experiences of depression,” Wes says.

“That is to say that sometimes work gets in the way of our family lives, which elicits stress, and decreases our mood.

Read more at Research Edge

Image supplied by Wesley McTernan

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