Life and mental health: more expert advice from our psychologists
The following columns were written by psychologists Jane Dodding and Angie Willcocks. Angie wrote for Mining Family Matters for six years until December 2015, tackling all manner of issues on relationships, parenting, careers and life. We greatly appreciate her input.
If you have a specific issue that isn't tackled below, please click here to ask Jane a question. Please also feel free to offer any comments or ideas for topics that you think might benefit other families. You can also suggest a discussion topic via direct message on our Facebook page, if you'd like to hear what other families have to say.
Life and mental health
- What makes a good life? Hint: it's not money, fame or even a successful job...
- Mining Family Matters' ultimate guide to surviving a FIFO Christmas
- Important suicide advice for FIFO workers
- How to cope with emotionally wrenching news like the MH17 disaster
- Dead tired but can't sleep? Here are some simple solutions
- Learning to overcome the dreaded feeling of loneliness
- How to beat that all-too-common miner's Black Day
- Don't become a slave to mining wages
- How to be a happier person
- Calmly reassess your life to avoid a mid-life crisis
- Practise being positive - it could change your life
- Really depressed of just stressed: how to tell the difference
- Q&A: What to do when friends don't understand the FIFO lifestyle
- Are you a mining mum who drinks too much?
- 'Where does all our money go?' Stop the blame games and get financially fit
- Anxiety: how to know when you need a psychologist and not a holiday
- To save a loved one from suicide, know your mental health first aid
- Q&A: We moved from a mining town and now I'm sad and lonely
- Q&A: I'm a FIFO worker suffering severe anxiety. Help!
- Q&A: Now the kids are grown up, FIFO is lonely. How to cope?
- Q&A: FIFO mum needs to find her mojo
- Beating the blues when you return from working overseas
- How to cope when natural disasters head home
- Heading home for Christmas? Avoid the festive meltdown...
- Taking control when depression strikes
- Relax - and banish those sleepless nights
- The art of making friends
- What to do when panic attacks strike
All advice on Mining Family Matters is for general information only and should never be regarded as a substitute for professional health services or crisis services. To talk with a trained volunteer telephone counsellor at any time of the day or night, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. To contact the info line at beyondblue: national depression initiative, phone 1300 22 4636.
More about our psychologists
Jane Dodding completed her psychology degree in 1991 and has worked in Australia and overseas as a clinician and researcher for universities, government and non-government bodies and the private sector. She has a particular interest in preventative care and has co-authored Be Happy Cards – a resource to help enhance the happiness and emotional resilience of children. She also has a passion for supporting rural communities and is the Director of MindsPlus which provides psychology services in rural and remote Australia. She does telephone consultations and can be contacted on 1300 312 202.
Angie Willcocks is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Adelaide. She’s an expert in tackling issues such as depression, anxiety, postnatal depression, child sleep routines and relationship difficulties. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling Psychology. She is the co-author of The Sensible Sleep Solution: a guide to sleep in your baby’s first year, available on her website www.angiewillcocks.com.