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Making mental & emotional health mainstream

I'll get your people talking about their mental health.

In 2017, after nearly ten years working FIFO shutdowns and construction, having already experienced his partner's attempt to take her life due to the stress of his working away, Lachie Samuel lost two colleagues to suicide. He was also later evacuated from the site for mental health issues.

Since then, he has become one of the leaders in FIFO mental health, creating a top 10 mental health podcast, the FIFO Mental Health Summit and The Association for Mental Health in Mining.

In 2021, he won the 'National Men Health Champion' award for his work in FIFO mental health from the Australian Mens Health Forum, Australia's peak body for men's health.

In 2022, Lachie was named a LinkedIn Top Voice for Mental Health and, with that, decided to transition from consulting as the FIFO Mental Health Guy to creating FIFO Mental Health Group as the first step towards finding and building a team of people who are genuinely passionate about transforming mental health culture within mining.

Talking Points

Breaking the stress circuit

Our most popular session to date, your team will learn why they think and behave the way they do, utilising neuroscience based content to understand how stress impacts the brain, thoughts, decision making and memory. Particularly useful for those who consider themselves over thinkers, worriers, negative, overwhelmed or stressed.

Key takeaway: Stress management can be simple and extremely effective when you understand how to control the body, to control the brain.

Changing the circuit

The follow up to breaking the circuit, this session builds on what we've learned, by covering why change can be uncomfortable, hard or stressful, as well as how to utilise the brain to accept or create the changes in our lives. Particularly useful for those introducing or accepting changes, as well as those looking to make improvements through formation of habits at work or at home.

Key takeaway: Change doesn’t have to be stressful, if you know how to leverage the brain.

Psychologically safe leadership

Designed to develop a leader’s capability to create and maintain a psychologically safe environment for their team, through neuroscience-based concepts. We’ll explore growth vs fixed mindset, the importance of human needs, and how to leverage the brain as a leader to take your individuals from threat detection mode, to connection and performance mode.

Key takeaway: Psychologically safe leadership can be as simple as helping your people meet their human needs, if you understand how to leverage the brain.
Truly one of the best presentations we have had at Drillsafe. You could hear a pin drop. Absolutely unreal! Drillsafe

Lachie is a phenomenal human. His passion helps to inspire so many people.

Chichester Hub

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.

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