Sales of Mining Family Matters' survival guides – including The Working Away Guide printed in Canada – have topped 150,000.
It's a huge milestone for the guides, which were launched in Australia in 2011 to provide professional advice and practical tips for keeping mining relationships healthy and families happy.
Mining Family Matters co-founder Alicia Ranford says the guides have been sold across Canada and as far afield as the UK, Indonesia, the United States and Peru. In Canada, guides are printed in English and French.
The original Survival Guide for Mining Families was so popular in Australia that it led to the generic Working Away guide (for workers in any industry) the Survival Guide for Families in Oil & Gas and the longer self-help book Mining Families Rock. The Canadian guides are available for purchase online here at the MFM shop.
The 32-page, A5 guides feature the most common issues raised by families in mining and resources around the world. Much of the advice came about through questions put to Australian-based registered psychologist Angie Willcocks on the Mining Family Matters websites. Chapters include:
- Helping kids to cope
- Sharing time and avoiding conflict
- Parenting and discipline
- Tackling loneliness when you’re apart
- Are you making excuses about sex?
Alicia says mining offers great benefits for families, but it can also put huge pressure on couples in terms of communication, intimacy and raising happy children.
"We still receive wonderful feedback about the guides because they help couples to realise they're not alone in doing it tough sometimes," Alicia says. "It's so great to know that our little guides have helped so many families."
Alicia says all relationships have their ups and downs, but the stresses are definitely heightened when one partner works away or you're relocated to a remote mining town.
"We wanted our guides to offer really practical advice – things that could be tried straight away to make life easier and relieve the pressure," she says.
"Never in our wildest dreams did we think we'd sell 150,000 copies. A big thank you to the many companies across the world who have supported their workers and families by purchasing the guides."