Words or actions cannot express the absolute devastation Australia is facing with the bushfire crisis. Whilst humanity is showing their generosity through donations and volunteering with charities who are doing so much, we have a long road ahead of us from a mental health perspective.
To all of those in our network, our associates and our clients, and their employees, we need to be prepared for the uptake of psychological aid that will be required to help people support each other, whilst also looking out for themselves. As a Client, holding training sessions focused on equipping staff with the mental health tools they require to support their customers, whilst preserving their own mental health and wellbeing and coping with their own struggles is needed. As a Manager, there is a Manager Assist service available for you to discuss any struggles you are facing in leading a team during a time of crisis. As an Associate, please look after yourselves as you share the emotional weight carried by many. As an Employee, we have our EAP Hotline which is a 24/7 service to support you on an individual level.
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This insightful article by one of our experienced clinicians Gwen Godman highlights some strategies to navigate the bushfire crisis our country is currently facing from a psychological perspective; ensuring you are looking after yourself whilst looking out for and helping others during this time.
More articles relating to mental health can be found on the practice website.
Being part of a community can have a positive effect on mental health and emotional wellbeing. Community involvement provides a sense of belonging and social connectedness. Having people to talk to and depend on, and making new connections through hobbies or a social group can help reduce the risk of mental illness. Research has shown that feeling valued and comfortable socially can prevent and reduce feelings of isolation, anxiety, depression, and more.
What hobbies or pastimes do you have outside of work and study that offer social connectedness?