An Australian worker has gone viral on Facebook fighting to put a stop to the high rates of long-distance workers committing suicide.
Mario Prusac is the founder of Mind Over FIFO, which is a community created for long-distance workers battling high levels of stress.
Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers suffer from depression at more than twice the rate of the general Australian population, research from Edith Cowan University has found.
Researchers surveyed 629 WA FIFO workers and found that 28 per cent exhibited significant signs of depression, compared to just 13 per cent of the general population.
FIFO workers also exhibited higher rates of stress and anxiety than the general population and non-FIFO mining workers who live in remote and rural areas.
Mr Prusac has gone to social media in protest to put a stop to these terrifying high rates of men taking their own lives.
The young man’s journey began almost five and a half years ago when he was working away from home in construction making loathes of cash.
But after paying off two homes, Mr Prusac said he became “miserable and depressed” and had no idea who he was or what he wanted in life.
The entrepreneur went on to became a Master NLP Practitioner, Master NLP Coach, Master Time Line Therapy Practitioner and Master Hypnotherapist and changed his life.
Mr Prusac is now helping FIFO and ex-FIFO workers to take control again of their mind and lives so they can “feel free again”.
The mind coach has made a viral video outlining the importance of “strong family community” within the FIFO society.
“FIFO can take lives and destroy families and relationships,” he says.
“Yeah, we can put down our tools and show respect and support when a co-worker dies, but really it isn’t good enough.”
He speaks of the strong community among FIFO workers, but insists they should be supporting each other out of work also.
Mr Prusac is encouraging the FIFO community to support each other in and out of work and to not “bottle up” their feelings and emotions.