The FIFO Mental Health Guy

Better people make better decisions

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Leaders go first.

In 2017, after nearly 10 years working away, Lachie lost two colleagues to suicide. He was later evacuated from site for mental health issues.

Since then he has gone on to become one of the leaders in FIFO mental health, creating a top10 mental health podcast, the FIFO Mental Health Summit, FIFO Happiness, The Association for Mental Health in Mining & The Red Earth Project. 

Lachie's mission, beyond being a good man, father and partner, is to empower the FIFO industry with the tools, support and the courage to effectively manage their own mental and emotional health. 

Better people make better decisions. 

Lachies goals

Since achieving his goal of transitioning out of FIFO scaffolding and into FIFO mental health, as a business owner, Lachie has revised and reimagined the goals he is working towards. 

He believes that without goals, we lack direction and purpose.. and without purpose life has little meaning. We become but a leaf at the whim of the wind, stuck in place. 

Lachie has spent many hours ensuring that his personal goals and his work goals intersect, as these goals will determine the traits, values and behaviours he will establish while heading in this new direction. 

Goal 1:

Build a mental health business that makes mining mental health mainstream. 

Within this I will hire heart centred individuals who care deeply about this mission, in return giving them financial safety, opportunities for growth and most importantly purpose. This will allow me to step back from being away so often, and spend more time with my family, while continuing to serve to the industry I love.
I will continue to move toward being a present father and partner, living a life I enjoy, on the block of the land we purchase in the hills. 

Goal 2:
Work with the All Blacks towards and throughout the 2027 rugby world cup.

I believe that by succeeding in goal 1, I will be positioned well, but to become someone who is afforded this opportunity, I must improve my current value set and behaviours, en-route to becoming elite at my craft, with my own discipline and within physically/mentally demanding challenges.

Lachies values

Integrity: “the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles”

 

  • Act authentically in your interactions with yourself, loved ones, colleagues and clients.

  • Be honest with yourself, loved ones, colleagues and clients whenever stepping out of 
    integrity.

  • Uphold your personal values, as well as those of the organisation.

Accountability: “the fact or condition of being responsible”

 

  • Take full ownership of your mistakes, without blame or deflection.

  • Cultivate the courage to have hard conversations, where necessary for resolution or growth.

  • Hold yourself to a high yet sustainable standard in all areas of life.

  • Choose action over avoidance, whether with mundane tasks, emotion, conflict resolution etc.

 

Growth:

  • Create sustainable growth in all areas of life, to find a balance for self care and progress.

  • Engage in life with a beginners mindset, ready to expand your knowledge base.

  • Remain open to feedback.

  • Integrate your life lessons and use them as a catalyst for improvement.

  • Adapt to change without compromising your values, or those of the organisation.

  • Celebrate your wins.

  • Celebrate others for their wins.

  • Help those around you succeed.

  • Practise emotional regulation daily.

Respect: “having due regard for the feelings, wishes or rights of others”

 

  • Treat yourself with love.

  • Treat others with empathy, compassion and kindness.

  • Respect your own self worth, boundaries and values.

  • Choose to only resolve conflict when emotionally regulated.

  • Make a concerted effort to be present with you love, work with and serve.

Testimonials

"Truly one of the best presentations we have had at Drillsafe. You could hear a pin drop. Absolutely unreal!"
- Chris Wilson, Drillsafe Chair

"I loved the approach and have to say it was one of the best mental wellbeing workshops, actually one of the best workshops I've had on site so far. I really appreciate you sharing your story with us Lachie."
-Lauren Nanette, Sodexo Administator

"I just wanted to say you've helped me evolve so much and we have only just crossed paths! So for that I just want to say I am so grateful that our paths have aligned at just the right time and I am so thankful for you brother. Just your very existence on this earth makes me so f**king happy bro and what you are doing in life with your journey to help others. In my eyes you are a true leader."
-Tremaine Gribeen, Webdrill Mech Fitter

"When I met Lachie my marriage was on the rocks and I was drinking a bottle of whisky a night and 10 beers. Since our talk I've been alcohol free for 3 months, my marriage is good and i'm going through the lifeline ambassador course for my work!"
-Nuno Moreira, Mineral Resources Machine Operator

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