The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our way of living and working and understandably many of us are feeling stressed, anxious and confused. As more changes occur and restrictions are further eased, workplace wellbeing must be front and centre.
Being aware of how you and those around you are feeling is an important part of staying healthy and well during this challenging time. We’re sharing insights from two of our CARE Foundation partners – R U OK? and ReachOut – to help strengthen mental resilience and care for each other in this time of continued uncertainty.
The Stockland CARE Foundation brings together charity partners ReachOut, Redkite and R U OK? in a collaborative partnership to improve wellbeing in communities across Australia.
A webinar hosted by Group Executive and CEO, Commercial Property at Stockland, Louise Mason, CEO of ReachOut Australia, Ashley De Silva, and CEO of R U OK?, Katherine Newton, outlined the important work both charities do supporting people with mental health challenges. They shared some of the things they’ve been responding to, the communities they’ve been supporting and practical tips and advice on managing mental health and wellbeing. Ashley and Katherine discussed the uncertainty COVID-19 has brought and the importance of staying connected, listening to others and providing support to our families, our colleagues and our staff over the coming months.
Here are some practical tips to help manage your mental health and wellbeing and to look out for those around you as we all navigate these unprecedented times.
Katherine talked about recognising the signs that someone might be struggling. She made the point that life happens to all of us and sometimes we might be grieving, have a physical injury or we might be retiring, become a new parent or be going through a relationship breakdown and if we can normalise talking about those ‘down’s and look after one another when those things are happening, we can become the social scaffolding or the safety net for our peers.
Ashley spoke about how ReachOut has pivoted during COVID-19 to use data analytics as a means to understand the issues resonating with people. During the pandemic, the peer support section of ReachOut’s website, where young people and parents can share experiences, put their hand up and say I need support or provide each with support, has never been busier.
“It’s a difficult time but it’s good to see so many people making use of a digital space to stay connected and be asking for support,” said Ashley.
Staying connected in challenging times
Taking care of yourself
How to ask someone if they are okay
It’s important we all do what we can to support our friends, family and colleagues in this time of ups and downs. As we adjust back to ‘normal’ life, there will be a period of transition when some people might feel anxious, exhausted or stressed.
Katherine said that it’s important to find pathways to help people. Sometimes people just need to be listened to without interruption and without judgement. But sometimes we have to ask people if they have thought about seeking help. Asking isn’t always easy but here are some tips on how to have a conversation:
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R U OK?